Draxler supports HB477: ‘time to update our GRAMA bill’

The sponsor of House Bill 477, a Utah law restricting access to public records, is defending the measure but a few other lawmakers say the measure, which a journalist group has lambasted with its Black Hole award, should be repealed.A North Logan lawmaker, Representative Jack Draxler, R-District 3, says he voted for the bill but believes it was wrong to bring it up so close to the end of the legislative session.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Draxler said he goes along with Governor Gary Herbert who wants to set up a working group to bring all sides together and study the bill before the implementation date of July 1.”The bill itself I like,” Draxler said. “I think it was time to update our GRAMA bill, our Government Records Access Management Act. “It was written in 1992 and could not have anticipated some of the forms of communication we have now. So I think we need to take a look at what is public, what is not public, what is confidential, what is not confidential.”Draxler says, right now, some people appear to be doing some “disingenuous posturing” about the GRAMA bill.

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