Petition drive aims to make open government a ballot issue

Regardless of HB477’s repeal, a petition drive will continue that would put the issue of open government on the ballot. Robert Horning, coordinator of the drive for Cache County, says when people read the changes state lawmakers approved that would restrict access to Utah’s open meetings law they are eager to sign the petition. Horning says that is what got him involved. “As I started reading the actual legislation, every single page as I turned the bill, I just thought, ‘Why is this even law? Why is this being debated even in the state legislature?’ “It just was not the thing that should have been happening. As I’m getting more and more into this I’m like ‘we need, as citizens, to reclaim our government. We need to have a voice and we need the legislators to hear us and we need to find out what they’re doing.'” On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, he said a total of 4,193 verified signatures are needed in Cache County by April 19th. He says people can get more information by calling 757-6274 or by coming to the Cache Valley Radio Group (810 W. 200 N., Logan) to see and/or sign the petition.

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