An up-to-date archive related to Utah's Government Records Access and Management Act
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.
Law Enforcement Use of Body Cameras
This bill addresses the use of body-warn cameras by police officers. The bill does not have language that directs governments to consider the public interest when weighing whether to keep the resulting videos private. It also classifies as private al...
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Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement Officers
This bill addresses the use of body-worn cameras by police officers. The bill makes it clear that governments must consider the public interest in weighing whether to make videos from the cameras private. The bill also has privacy protections, includ...
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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.
- Utah Office of the Attorney General
- Utah State Senate
- Utah House of Representatives
- Records Request Sample Form
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 It was subsequently repealed during a special legislative session, in the face of public outcry.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.
Other Public Records Resources:
- The Abdi Mohamed shooting video — a test of Utah's commitment to the law - Standard-Examiner
- ACLU of Utah Appeals Salt Lake County and City Decision to Withhold Abdi Mohamed Shooting Footage - Utah Policy
- Judge to decide whether Brigham Young University's police department must comply with Utah open records laws - Salt Lake Tribune
- Utah Lacks Policy for Data Lost by Government Agencies - Government Technology
- No ruling yet in whether Brigham Young University police must comply with Utah's open record laws - Salt Lake Tribune
- Press Release: Salt Lake County GRAMA Appeals Board Rejects ACLU Request for Release of Abdi Mohamed ... - Utah Policy
- State opens new GRAMA hub - Salt Lake Tribune
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park - National Parks Traveler (registration)
- Herald editorial: Utah County Sheriff's Office not above the law - Daily Herald
- ACLU asks for video of Salt Lake City police officer shooting teen - Salt Lake Tribune
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