Tag: grama

Government a little less opaque with new open records portal

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

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Cost and public trust at stake if Swallowgate forces open records law changes

Salt Lake City – The Utah State Legislature will meet today to discuss amending open records laws as they pursue an investigation of embattled Attorney General John Swallow. The Alliance for a Better UTAH has released the following statement, urging caution on the part of legislators: “The cost of the numerous Federal, State, criminal, civil,

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Redistricting Records Finally Released by State Legislature

The Utah State Legislature finally decided to release redistricting records over the weekend after a nearly yearlong fight for their disclosure. Alliance for a Better UTAH was part of a coalition of citizen and media groups fighting for the release of the records. FOX13’s Max Roth briefly sat down with Better UTAH Executive Director Maryann

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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 Group wants Senate to wait

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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 appointment, Holly Richardson, to the

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State Senate To Forgo Committee Hearing on Appointment to State Records Committee

Salt Lake City – State legislators have decided to ignore the public’s right to participate in the democratic process by summarily confirming Governor Herbert’s nomination of former state representative Holly Richardson to the State Records Committee on Wednesday. The Alliance for a Better UTAH has called on the Utah State Senate to postpone the confirmation

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The Herald’s inaccurate critique of the “Democrats'” GRAMA request

In a recent editorial, the Provo Daily Herald castigated the Utah State Democratic Party and all those who supported the release of the Redistricting records, likening their frustration over the intransigence of the Record’s Committee to a “tantrum.” read their editorial here Despite the Herald’s attempt at making this a partisan request, there were several

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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 the state has been awfully

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Better UTAH Speaks Against Legislature’s Redistricting Secrecy

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 20, 2012 Better UTAH Speaks Against Legislature’s Redistricting Secrecy _________________________________________________________________________ Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better UTAH, testified this morning before the Legislature Records Committee that withholding redistricting documents violates the spirit and intent of Utah’s constitution. After the committee voted 3-1 against releasing the documents (unless

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