GRAMA

UTA Board Closes Committee Meetings To Public

May 11, 2016

The Utah Transit Authority Board has decided to close their committee meetings to the public, while moving most of the responsibilities of those committees back to the full board. But this decision could put them in conflict with Utah’s open meetings laws.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah State Records Committee has ruled in favor of a Salt Lake Tribune reporter seeking records about San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman from the Utah Attorney General’s office.

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.

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.