Utah transparency legislation
Here you will find a collection of transparency legislation in Utah.
Here is a list of transparency legislation for Utah in 2011:
|House Bill 0477||Current Status: (Repealed by Governor)|
HB 477 is a bill proposed by Representative John Dougall to the House which would heavily alter the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act to allow many loop-holes and exceptions for government records. Since signing the bill the Governor has reacted to public out-cry and agreed to repeal the bill but intents to replace it with another.
Here is a list of transparency legislation for Utah in 2010:
|House Bill 0278||Current Status: (Sent to Governor for consideration.)|
HB 0278 is a bill proposed by Representative Chris Herrod which would require government agencies to provide records in electronic form if the records are stored in that fashion and requires that all denials occur within 5 days of receiving the records request.
|House Bill 266||Current Status: (Rules Committee)|
House Bill 266, introduced in 2010 by Representative Kraig Powell, would modify the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act to exempt the names of non-elected or appointed officials from public records requests. Instead, requests would be released by job title and salary range, instead of the names of specific employees and specific salaries. 
House Bill 122  , proposed by Rep. Douglas Aagard at the request of the Attorney General's Office, seeks to prohibit the weighing of public interest in documents against the government's desire to conceal information. It would also allow records to be withheld if they are associated with pending or "anticipated" litigation. Steve Bloch, an attorney for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, says that "This bill is a step backward and would restrict our current law significantly".  HB122 has advanced from committee to the House floor 7-3 along party lines, with Republicans voting for it, and Democrats against.  HB122 also passed the House, 43-27. It now moves to the Senate for debate.
The Salt Lake Tribune has editorialized against the bill, calling it "an attempt to subvert that system and the public's interest in holding government accountable." 
Senate Bill 18 would require all cities, counties, school districts, and special districts (transit districts, water districts, etc.) in Utah to regularly post their expenditures online in a searchable format.
SB18 was voted out of the Utah Senate by a 29-0 margin on February 2, 2009.
- Utah Senate Bill 18 (2009) requires all cities, counties, school districts, and special districts to post their budget online.
- Utah Senate Bill 38 (2008) requires the creation of an online database detailing state expenditures by May 15, 2009.
- ↑ of HB 0278
- ↑ Utah HB 266
- ↑ Text of HB 122
- ↑ Status of HB 122
- ↑ Bill would cut off access to some records, Salt Lake Tribune, February 3, 2009
- ↑ Panel OKs bill weakening public access to government records, Salt Lake Tribune, February 10, 2009
- ↑ Less-public records? House endorses GRAMA revision, Salt Lake Tribune, February 18, 2009
- ↑ Public records, Salt Lake Tribune, February 12, 2009
- ↑ Text of SB18
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