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

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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Accountability/TransparencyNews

Results of Legislative Audit Should Nullify Governor’s Nominee to Control Board

(Salt Lake City, Utah)—Next week, the Utah legislature will again consider Governor Gary Herbert’s appointment of a top-level EnergySolutions executive to the Radiation Control Board even as a recently released report found EnergySolutions was illegally storing dozens of containers of banned waste. Dan Shrum, vice president of environmental compliance and …

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RELEASE: While Mia Love Speaks At Convention, Not All Utahns Feel The Love

For Immediate Release: August, 28, 2012  While Mia Love Speaks at Convention, Not All Utahns Feel The Love _________________________________________________________________________  As the GOP puts the spotlight on congressional candidate Mayor Mia Love in Tampa tonight, not all Utahns are happy with Love’s plan for college students. A local Utah non-profit, the …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

McEntee: Fighting for the right to see state records — again

By Peg McEntee The question wouldn’t seem too hard to answer. Under Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act, Maryann Martindale wants a list of all requests the state has provided for free because they would benefit the public or be in the public’s interest. It’s a natural, given that …

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Accountability/TransparencyNews

New OpEd: Utah’s Transparency Problem

Over the past year, despite the public outcry over the anti-transparency HB477, Utah’s Legislature and attorney general have quietly resumed their continuing assault on the principles of open and transparent government. Yet this assault has received little attention. During the 2012 legislative session, Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, succeeded in passing …

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