Accountability & Transparency

The fundamental purpose of our work is to maintain open and transparent government by keeping the electorate informed. Though some find it hard to believe, our state is home to a diverse population of backgrounds and perspectives. Utah citizens put a great deal of trust in local government to ensure that everyone is represented equally.

When elected government officials abuse that trust, whether by acting in accordance with their personal beliefs instead of the law, accepting “gifts” in exchange for political favors, indulging the influence of outside groups or by making important decisions in closed caucus meetings, ABU is there to speak out.

Accountability/TransparencyIssues

October 12, 2012 – More Fee Waiver Info

Response to an October 4, 2012 request for “A full list of all GRAMA requests, for 2011 and 2012 that have requested a fee waiver, including the full text of the actual request for information and the full and complete response from the Senate Records Officer. In addition, we are …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Better UTAH Draws Attention to Transparency Problems

Even though the Senate chose to forgo a public hearing on former-state representative Holly Richardson’s appointment to the State Records Committee, Better UTAH was able to draw significant attention to the process. See below for a list of media appearances, with brief descriptions and links. Daily Herald, October 16, 2012 …

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Accountability/TransparencyNews

State Senate Ignores Public Input; Confirms Guv’s Nominee to State Records Committee

Salt Lake City – The State Senate voted today to confirm former-state representative Holly Richardson to the State Records Committee without seeking public comment through a committee hearing. The Alliance for a Better UTAH has released the following statement: “We are disappointed with the senate’s decision to confirm the Governor’s …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah Staff

Save A Basement, Starve a Child

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, a candidate for the new 4th Congressional District, continues to show her usual display of hubris and hypocrisy. Be it defunding federal student aid—that she relied on—or limiting alternative pathways to citizenship—that her parents relied on—Love consistently favors repealing policies that she has previously benefited …

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Accountability/TransparencyIssues

August 22, 2012 – Fee waiver info

A GRAMA request and accompanying response for “a list of all GRAMA requests, for 2011 and 2012, that have been granted a fee waiver upon a determination that the request was being made to benefit the public or that the request was made in the public’s interest.” GRAMA Request: 22 …

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Accountability/TransparencyIssues

November 17, 2011 – DABC Info

A GRAMA request and accompanying response for “any and all communication between the Governor’s Office (including governor and staff) to and from then-DABC Director Dennis Kellen, for the time period: July 2010 through December 2010.” GRAMA Request: 17 Nov 2011

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Accountability/TransparencyIssues

June 20, 2012 – Use of public funds by state legislators

A GRAMA request and accompanying response for “a detailed list of any and all conferences, meetings, seminars, or other similar event, attended by members of the Utah House of Representatives, that were paid for or reimbursed for with public funds.” GRAMA Request: 20 June 2012

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Accountability/TransparencyIssues

June 22, 2012 – ALEC Information

A GRAMA request and accompanying response for “a list of all House members who are current legislative members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).” GRAMA Request: 22 June 2012

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