Senator Mike Lee, guests talk solutions at annual summit

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Government and business leaders gathered in Salt Lake City to talk about solving problems, Thursday.

It’s an annual event all about encouraging collaboration to take on the issues we face on a daily basis.

This year, the Eccles Theater was home to Senator Mike Lee’s 4th Annual Utah Solutions Summit.

“It’s about finding ways to bring people together. To convene a group, and have a discussion about policy. One that can bear fruit, ultimately in laws that we make and the way we approach our country,” said Lee, (R) Utah.

The line up included Cotopaxi CEO Davis Smith, Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey and Author Joseph Grenny, among others.

Grenny focused on the Other Side Academy. A local program teaching life skills to about 70 students, who would otherwise be locked up in prison.

“That’s a great example of collaboration. We had to have prosecutors, judges and public defenders all of whom agreed that they were willing to give people a shot at changing their lives, rather than just locking them up for the 25th time,” said Grenny.

Local advocates for medical marijuana were also on hand. They are collaborating with Senator Lee on the bipartisan CARERS Act.

“It’s helping to give veterans access, so the VA can start recommending and veterans can have access to it, CBD is made legal throughout all the states, it supports states rights and more research,” said Patient Advocate Christine Stenquist.

Senator Lee says that’s what it’s all about, trying to find common ground among diverse interests.

He says that’s the view he’ll take back to Washington when congress takes on a spending bill and tax reform.

The senator also believes there is still a path forward on health care.

“I’m not sure where it’s going to end up, but I’m determined to provide relief for all the people throughout Utah and across America who have found their health care unaffordable,” said Lee.     

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