Week 5: Death Penalty, Tax Reform & Rep. Chavez-Houck
Nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes, and legislators are tackling both in Week 5 of the session. This week we talk with reporter Whittney Evans about some surprise backers of a new death penalty repeal effort. We also look at the state's big budget surplus and try to divine what lawmakers might do with all that extra scratch. The Utah Legislature's bluest member Sen. Jim Dabakis announces he's done after this session, joining several other incumbents on their way out the door, like Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, our featured guest on 'Better Know a Lawmaker.'
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Better Know A Lawmaker: Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-Salt Lake City)
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck has represented District 24, covering the avenues and part of downtown Salt Lake, since 2008. She has decided that this will be her last session on the Hill. She hopes to return to being an advocate on several issues she's passionate about. That includes legislation she's tried unsuccessfully to implement over the years — such as her end of life options act, ranked-choice voting and independent redistricting. Chavez-Houck said it's been challenging being in the minority party on the Hill, but she feels she's started some important conversations.