Citizen group wants open records law on ballot

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A citizen group has filed a petition to place changes to Utah’s open records law on the next general election ballot on the same day more than 200 people rallied against the bill. The Deseret News of Salt Lake City says the group filed the petition with the state elections office Thursday. It seeks a referendum on House Bill 477, signed earlier this week by Gov. Gary Herbert. The bill makes text messages and voice mails of government officials private. It also restricts access to communication between legislators and staff or constituents. Fees are increased significantly under the law. It becomes effective July 1. A rally during the final hours of the legislative session included singing in the Capitol, drumming and chants by people demanding a repeal of the law.

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