Legislature grants access to some records, denies it to others

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Utahns will still be able to see birth dates on public records, but they won't get to see information on transit ridership.

On legislation regarding open government in the just-ended session, lawmakers:

• Rejected HB370, which would have made birth dates used on court records and voter-registration rolls, protected data. Groups including both political parties argued that removing the data would deprive the public of vital information without protecting against identity theft.

• Passed SB283, which directs the state Transparency Advisory Board to recommend ways to make public information more accessible.

• Sent to interim study, HB122 which would require agencies to waive fees on records requested for a public benefit.

• Passed SB12, which makes information the UTA gathers from riders a private record.

Donald W. Meyers