Another Utah lawmaker wants to make the Legislature's bill-drafting process more transparent.
Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber, is working on a bill that would, if passed, make bills in the drafting process public documents. Currently, legislators can ask that their bill files, as the nascent bills are called on Capitol Hill, be designated as protected documents under the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act. That section also covers trade secrets, security arrangements at the Utah State Prison and documents in pending real-estate negotiations.
Powell said his goal is to encourage more public comment during the Legislature's 45-day annual session, when legislators rush to get through hundreds of bills before adjournment.