Governor Herbert and Rep. Bishop team up to host town hall meetings

- OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- Utahns have questions and Tuesday night they took them all the way to the top.

One by one people fired off questions and suggestions at Governor Gary Herbert and Representative Rob Bishop.

The two teamed up to host a town hall meeting on the campus of Weber State University.

Terry Schow is concerned about veterans. He wants to see a vet center built in Ogden and says the vet clinic is too small.

"Worked with the state veteran’s office for a few years and now I work on the national level with the American Legion, so I care about the veterans. They are humble and modest people and I'm proud to advocate for them," said Schow.

Warren Hill doesn’t think it’s right that an estimated 77,000 people in our state are going without health insurance while lawmakers negotiate the best way to expand Medicaid.

"To me that's a compassion issue as much as anything. In a country as rich as the United States I firmly believe that everybody should have access to medical care," said Hill.

Participants used up every last minute. The discussion also included education, public lands, air quality and mental health.

"We as elected officials need to spend less time talking and more time listening," said Governor Herbert.

Taking it a step further the governor says this type of public dialogue can lead to action.

"We ought to, when we develop policy represent the will of the people. Now, it doesn't make everybody happy, but there is a consensus out there, there's good principals and values talked about that will help us get it right."

Some in attendance like the personal touch. 

"For the average person to come up here, talk directly to the governor or to a congressman I think is great," said Schow.

Other believe it could have been more productive.

"One hour for two leading officials is pretty inadequate. It would have been better to have one or the other for the hour," said Hill.

After the Ogden meeting the two traveled to Brigham City for another town hall meeting there.

The governor says we could see more of these town hall style meetings across the state.

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