The Salt Lake Tribune, in an effort to allow legislators an opportunity to explain why bills they are sponsoring are important to them, is asking state leaders to talk about their measures for a feature called "In Their Own Words." The videos will appear regularly during the legislative session.
Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, has been trying to get air quality legislation for years. This year, however, has seen increased involvement from the public, she says. With five air quality bills, Arent heads up the Clean Air Caucus, a geographically diverse, bipartisan coalition made of legislators from Logan to St. George.
Arent says she is dedicated to improving air quality because it's about more than health.