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Open Records

An up-to-date archive related to Utah's Government Records Access and Management Act

Legislative bills that would affect public records access
Members of the Utah Media Coalition will rank upcoming legislation or legislative action on openness and accessibility and tell lawmakers and the public about those rankings. The following bills are those the coalition believes will affect the public's access to information in some way.

Law Enforcement Use of Body Cameras
This bill addresses the use of body-warn cameras by police officers. The bill does not have language that directs governments to consider the public interest when weighing whether to keep the resulting videos private. It also classifies as private al...
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Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement Officers
This bill addresses the use of body-worn cameras by police officers. The bill makes it clear that governments must consider the public interest in weighing whether to make videos from the cameras private. The bill also has privacy protections, includ...
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What is GRAMA?

The Government Records Access and Management Act [GRAMA] is a broad-ranging Utah law dealing with the management of government records. First adopted in 1991 and revised several times, GRAMA is intended to balance the public's constitutional right to access information, individual privacy rights, and government's interest in restricting access to some records for the public good.

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House Bill 477 [HB477] was a controversial 75-page bill altering GRAMA that was passed quickly and with overwhelming House and Senate support during the 2011 session of the Utah Legislature. It was subsequently repealed during a special legislative session, in the face of public outcry. Legislative history of HB477.

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