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Open Records

An up-to-date archive related to Utah's Government Records Access and Management Act

Legislative bills that would affect public records access
Members of the Utah Media Coalition will rank upcoming legislation or legislative action on openness and accessibility and tell lawmakers and the public about those rankings. The following bills are those the coalition believes will affect the public's access to information in some way.

Senate Bill 36: Voter Information Amendments
This bill would limit disclosure of voter information. Utah historically has kept names, addresses and birth dates of registered voters public. This allows members of the public to independently verify that all people listed as registered voters in a...
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Senate Bill 114: Canal Safety Act
This bill would require canal company operators to regularly assess the safety and stability of their canals. Those canals at highest risk would be put on a "canal action list" and the company would be required to file a remediation plan with the s...
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What is GRAMA?

The Government Records Access and Management Act [GRAMA] is a broad-ranging Utah law dealing with the management of government records. First adopted in 1991 and revised several times, GRAMA is intended to balance the public's constitutional right to access information, individual privacy rights, and government's interest in restricting access to some records for the public good.

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House Bill 477 [HB477] was a controversial 75-page bill altering GRAMA that was passed quickly and with overwhelming House and Senate support during the 2011 session of the Utah Legislature. It was subsequently repealed during a special legislative session, in the face of public outcry. Legislative history of HB477. Legislative leaders have established a 25-member working group to study GRAMA.

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