Rebecca Lockhart http://kuer.org en Health Advocates Stage Limbo Contest at Lockhart’s Office http://kuer.org/post/health-advocates-stage-limbo-contest-lockhart-s-office <p></p><p>Wearing fake grass skirts and plastic leis, health advocates took turns going under a limbo pole in front of House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart’s office Wednesday. The idea was to highlight the plight of Utahns who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap, and the pole was steadily lowered to represent each month this year that they have not been able to pay for healthcare. The mood was light, but Christine Stenquist quickly became emotional when she began talking about why she is taking part in this demonstration.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:10:40 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49385 at http://kuer.org Health Advocates Stage Limbo Contest at Lockhart’s Office House Speaker Criticizes Governor’s Health Plan, calls it Obamacare Expansion http://kuer.org/post/house-speaker-criticizes-governor-s-health-plan-calls-it-obamacare-expansion <p></p><p>When Governor Gary Herbert laid out his Healthy Utah plan Thursday he said he was confident that it would get support from the state legislature as well as the federal government.&nbsp; But the governor’s proposal to accept federal money to help low-income Utahns buy health insurance may meet some resistance from Republicans in the state House…. especially the House speaker.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:00:57 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42790 at http://kuer.org House Speaker Criticizes Governor’s Health Plan, calls it Obamacare Expansion House Speaker Lockhart On Board With New Convention Hotel Proposal http://kuer.org/post/house-speaker-lockhart-board-new-convention-hotel-proposal <p>Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveiled a new proposal today to get a hotel built to support the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:33:50 +0000 Brian Grimmett 41743 at http://kuer.org House Speaker Lockhart On Board With New Convention Hotel Proposal Utah House Speaker Challenges Governor Herbert http://kuer.org/post/utah-house-speaker-challenges-governor-herbert <p></p><p>The Utah House of Representatives opened this year’s legislative session with some bold remarks from Republican Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, challenging Governor Gary Herbert.</p><p>Just like speeches from years’ past, Speaker Lockhart railed against the over-reach of the federal government, and insisted that Utah resist. But this time, she targeted Governor Herbert who has recently said that he favors some limited expansion of Medicaid in the state.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:01:39 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41346 at http://kuer.org Utah House Speaker Challenges Governor Herbert State House Speaker Calls for Plan to Wean Utah Off Federal Dollars http://kuer.org/post/state-house-speaker-calls-plan-wean-utah-federal-dollars <p>State House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart opened this year’s legislative session by calling on Utah to become less reliant on federal dollars.</p><p>Lockhart told House members that gridlock in Congress has a direct and immediate effect on Utah.</p><p>“It’s become increasingly apparent that the action or inaction of the federal government profoundly influences our success. We must have or implement a plan to get the state of Utah less reliant on federal revenue,” said Lockhart.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:47:07 +0000 Andrea Smardon 24209 at http://kuer.org State House Speaker Calls for Plan to Wean Utah Off Federal Dollars