Petition drive aims to let citizens decide fate of GRAMA law

A petition drive to stop a recently-passed bill that puts new restrictions on the state’s open records law will proceed even if the measure is repealed at Friday’s special session of the Utah Legislature.Robert Horning, Cache County coordinator of the petition drive, says he got involved after reading what is actually in the bill. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Horning said some legislators thought only members of the news media would be upset about the bill but he says only 20 to 30 percent of the information requests come from the press.”Most of it is like ordinary people,” Horning explained. “If, for example, you are trying to apply for unemployment compensation, or you’re a government worker and trying to get some retirement benefits, if, for some reason, you get denied, if there is some reason why there’s a government bureaucracy that’s keeping you from being able to access state services, you have a right right now, at least until July, to access that information.”Horning says a total of 4,193 verified signatures are needed in Cache County prior to April 19. Interested people can get more information by calling 757-6274 or by coming in to the Cache Valley Radio Group at 810 W. 200 N. in Logan to read and/or sign the petition.

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