Local political leader speaks out against open records bill

The Utah legislature is delaying the implementation of a controversial open records law that makes most electronic communication by government officials private, and significantly increases fees. Cache County Republican Party Chairman David James says he was relieved to learn implementation of the bill is being delayed and he hopes it will be reconsidered.”I would like our legislators, when things like openness and transparency issues come up, to spend more than a day or two on them,” James says. “This is me as a politically active citizen speaking. I don’t speak for anyone else.”I feel strongly, again, that openness and transparency in government is absolutely critical.”James says that when he complained to a local lawmaker that there were too many bills submitted this year he was told that most of them were cleaning up mistakes that were made last year. He says House Bill 477, which was co-sponsored by State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, has been getting widespread national criticism.

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