Bye, Bye Government Transparency in Utah

Governor Gary Herbert of Utah likes to run things without pesky reporters asking questions:



INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists and its Freedom of Information Committee strongly condemn the actions of the Utah Legislature and Governor Gary Herbert, who on March 8 signed into law a measure that effectively ends Utah’s long history of government transparency.

With the signing of HB477, which takes effect July 1, Utah public officials are exempt from disclosing a broad range of electronic communications. Further, people requesting public records – citizens and journalists alike – will be responsible for undefined “administrative” and “overhead costs.”

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