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Here you will find a collection of transparency legislation in Utah.

2009

See also: Utah Government Records Access and Management Act

House Bill 122[1][2], 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."[3] HB122 has advanced from committee to the House floor 7-3 along party lines, with Republicans voting for it, and Democrats against.[4] HB122 also passed the House, 43-27. It now moves to the Senate for debate.[5]

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."[6]

Utah Senate Bill 18 (2009)[7]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.

2008

  • 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.

References

  1. Text of HB 122
  2. Status of HB 122
  3. Bill would cut off access to some records, Salt Lake Tribune, February 3, 2009
  4. Panel OKs bill weakening public access to government records, Salt Lake Tribune, February 10, 2009
  5. Less-public records? House endorses GRAMA revision, Salt Lake Tribune, February 18, 2009
  6. Public records, Salt Lake Tribune, February 12, 2009
  7. Text of SB18