Utah working group disagrees on open records

Jun 23 2011 - 7:45am
SALT LAKE CITY -- A working group appointed by Utah lawmakers says the state's open records law doesn't need an overhaul, but was far from consensus on several issues of public access. The Deseret News reports the group of government, media representatives, and technology experts approved final recommendations on Wednesday. They're not binding, but lawmakers will consider them in 2012. The group recommends making public records available for free online, and new fees to help determine redactions. The group also says an ombudsman should help with records requests. But members disagreed about text messages should be open records. Republican Rep. Holly Richardson of Pleasant Grove says text messages are like conversations, not public records. Utah Valley Regional Medical center spokeswoman Janet Frank says they'll be used more in the future, creating problems. ___ Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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