Two years ago, a quickly passed bill that weakened Utah's open records law led to massive protests and front-page opposition editorials that pressured legislators into repealing the legislation. A much friendlier scene occurred Monday.
News media and legislators joined hands to advance a bill that both say will increase transparency and reduce costs of open records requests as SB94 passed 7-0 in the Senate Business and Labor Committee.
Its sponsor, Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, said it will allow lawmakers, if they choose, to put selected emails that they send or receive onto a public website. The bill would also clearly make public the signatures on petitions to put referendums or initiatives on ballots.