Kera Birkeland

Critical Race Theory is a hot-button issue, stirring up conversation throughout Utah and the nation. With the Utah Special Session now in full swing, lawmakers have proposed resolutions addressing the topic. 

 

 

  

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox called the legislators to meet for the first special session of 2021 earlier this week. Cox authorized 22 issues to be considered during the session and didn’t include Critical Race Theory on the list. 

Today on the Local News Hour:

(02:01) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report

(08:49) - Summit County Council Member Roger Armstrong recaps Wednesday's meeting.

(25:08) - Summit County Representative Kera Birkeland recaps the Legislative Session

(38:46) - Dan Glasser discusses his new role as the CEO for the National Ability Center. 

KPCW News

A Summit County Representative’s bill banning transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams in schools is making its way through the legislature.

 

The bill passed it’s first hurdle Thursday in a House Education Committee meeting with a vote of 8-6.

Republican Rep. Kera Birkeland is sponsoring the bill. During the committee meeting, she said the purpose of her bill is to preserve a women’s space in sports earned through the civil rights movement. 

Susan Walsh - ASSOCIATED PRESS

Utah Sen. Mike Lee is leading a piece of legislation that would ban transgender girls from playing in women's sports at schools.

Sen. Mike Lee introduced the bill along with 13 other republican colleagues last week. He said it would protect “opportunities of girls throughout America to athletically compete against other girls.”

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney also spoke out against transgender girls playing on women’s sports teams during a Senate Committee meeting last week. 

KPCW News

Earlier this week a democratic state representative launched an impeachment probe of Utah’s Attorney General. Both Summit and Wasatch County's Representatives say they will not be supporting the legislation.

Rep. Andrew Stoddard - a democrat - opened a resolution to impeach Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes - due to Reyes’s ties to a GOP organization that issued robocalls urging people to storm the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6.  

Kera Birkeland

With the resignation of House District 53 legislator Logan Wilde, Morgan County Republican Kara Birkeland was selected to fill Wilde’s unexpired term. She is now running to be elected to the position and is facing Democrat Cheryl Butler. Here is Birkeland's interview with KPCW in its entirety.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 02:01) Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 18:39 ) District 53 Republican Candidate Kera Birkeland talks about her campaign.

( 34:33) Park City Community Foundation Impact Director Diego Zegarra and Barbara Philips from Blue Sky Utah talk about the plans and goals for this year’s Live PC Give PC.