The Utah legislature sure did manage to get H.B. 477 passed in a hurry — just 72 hours. What does this bill do that is so important as to require such speed and energy? Why, it protects the legislators from being embarrassed, that’s what.
Utah’s open records act, known as GRAMA (Government Records Access Management Act) is our state’s equivalent to the Freedom of Information Act. It entitles the public to obtain copies of government records. H.B. 477 shields many records from release and increases the amount the government can charge for copies of other records. It’s still up in the air whether or not Gov. Herbert will sign off on it.
The bill managed to pass both the house and the senate without much of a fuss, so chances are good that your representatives voted for it. If you don’t know who your representatives are, just go to this page and enter your address. For your convenience, I’ve listed the “yeas” from both the house and the senate below. If you find your rep’s and/or senator’s names, you might want to give them a quick call and let them know how you feel about them stomping on your rights. You might also want to send a quick message to the governor letting him know how good his re-election chances are if he signs this.
Anderson Fisher, Julie Last Richardson Barrus Froerer Mathis Sagers Bird Galvez McIff Sandstrom Brown, D Gibson Menlove Sanpei Brown, M Greenwood Morley Sumsion Butterfield Grover Newbold Vickers Christensen Handy Nielson Webb Clark Harper Noel Wheatley Cox Hemingway Oda Wilcox Daw Hendrickson Painter Wiley Dee Herrod Perry Wilson Dougall Hughes Peterson, J Wimmer Draxler Hutchings Peterson, V Lockhart Dunnigan Ipson Pitcher Edwards Ivory Powell Eliason Kiser Ray Senate:
Adams Hinkins Okerlund Valentine Bramble Jenkins Reid Van Tassell Christensen Knudson Stephenson, H. Waddoups Davis Liljenquist Stevenson, J. Dayton Madsen Thatcher Hillyard Niederhauser Urquhart
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