When a math teacher wants to know that a student really understood how to solve a complex problem, and didn't just make a lucky guess or crib off the student at the next desk, they put this direction at the top of the test: "Show your work."
That is what the Utah Open And Public Meetings Act is all about. In order for the public to fully understand not just what the laws and regulations are, but how they came to be, legislative sessions and committee meetings, as well as meetings of state boards and local governing bodies, are required to be open. Not only that, but the public is entitled to some advance notice of when certain topics are to be discussed.
This message has yet to permeate the thinking of many members of the Utah Legislature. A recent committee meeting saw discussion, without proper notice, of a measure that would have shifted a significant portion of the property tax burden away from some taxpayers and onto others.