I enjoyed virtually meeting with several organizations and interest groups this week. On Wednesday, I met with the First District’s members of the American Veterinary Medical Association to discuss current animal welfare legislation, as well as the Utah Bar Association to talk about how to better expand access to legal aid for low-income Utahns. I also met with Utah’s Rural Electric Cooperatives to learn about their work and legislative priorities, including ways to protect the electric sector from burdensome carbon and drilling regulations and expand access to rapid electric vehicle charging stations.
On Thursday, I had a townhall with employees of Edwards Lifesciences, a cardiovascular biomedical company. The townhall offered my constituents and other Utahns the opportunity to discuss regulatory challenges and healthcare goals. Edwards Lifesciences created the first commercially available heart valve in 1958, and they are currently most known for their minimally invasive heart valve replacement technology. Throughout the pandemic, Utahns kept their plant running to continue offering heart valve replacements to COVID-19 patients experiencing heart complications.