Utah has come a long way toward making government more transparent with the release of a centralized open records portal.
The state’s new, online portal allows citizens to make records requests (GRAMA requests) from one centralized location “to provide easier access to governmental records, and to serve as a resource for citizens, public officials, and members of the media in obtaining records,” according to the site’s mission.
The state’s new portal is a welcome change from it previous stances on open records.
It was only four years ago the state legislature rushed through a bill that would have severely reduced access to public records. Following public outcry against the bill, Governor Herbert called the legislature into special session where, just two weeks after passing their original bill designed to reduce government access, the legislature reversed its decision and repealed the bill.
Check out the new open records portal here.