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Politics
10:22 am
Tue August 21, 2012

State Democratic Party Denied Fee Waiver Request For Redistricting Documents

State House and Senate leaders told the Utah Democratic Party yesterday, they will have to pay more than nine thousand dollars if they want to see the remaining redistricting documents they asked for in a GRAMA request. The party had requested a fee waiver based on the argument that release of the records was primarily in the public interest. But the Legislative Records committee rejected the Party’s request for a fee waiver in a 3 to 1 vote. House Democratic leader David Litvack voted against his own party, saying the request primarily benefits the political interests of Democrats.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Lawmakers Postpone Decision on Redistricting Records: Documents Remain Hidden in Boxes

State Senate President Michael Waddoups and Utah Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis share a word during a recess of the Legislative Records Committee.
Andrea Smardon

Two bins of documents related to Utah’s controversial redistricting process remain hidden from the public.  That’s mainly because Utah’s Democratic Party is refusing to pay thousands of dollars to let them go.  The legislature’s Records Committee put off a decision Monday on whether to waive the fee for the records request.  The committee decided it needs more information to determine whether the request primarily serves the public or the Democratic party. 

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