Utah Democrats seek redistricting records
Wednesday , August 08, 2012 - 6:14 AM
SALT LAKE CITY— Utah Democrats seeking records from last year’s redistricting process say they shouldn’t have to pay $15,000 to get the documents.
The Deseret News reports this weekthat the records include about 16,000 pages of emails, text messages, and other correspondence from every state lawmaker. Democrats argue that the documents should be public and not subject to fees.
Republicans say Democrats want to use the documents for a lawsuit challenging how lawmakers handled redistricting. Democrats accuse Republicans who control the Legislature of conspiring behind closed doors to redraw state and congressional districts.
Legislative officials who compiled the records say it took them 506 hours and that 55 employees worked on the project for a week.