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The GRAMA Debate
Brooke Adams
Brooke Adams is a social justice reporter. In addition to covering GRAMA related issues, she writes about child welfare, adoption and domestic violence. She is a 26-year veteran reporter who has worked for The Salt Lake Tribune since 1999.
 
Updated on May 1, 2012 11:25AM

I called Gov. Gary Herbert's office yesterday to learn how he plans to proceed now that the GRAMA Working Group has finished its business.

Spokeswoman Ally Isom gave me this statement: "The ...

Updated on May 19, 2011 05:32PM
Several members of the GRAMA Working Group have suggested that the state set up some kind of a notification system to let constituents k...

Updated on May 18, 2011 03:48PM
Lane Beattie, GRAMA Working Group chairman, told a legislative interim committee this morning that a key issue for the...

Updated on May 12, 2011 03:00PM

I just spent four hours at the State Records Committee's monthly meeting and it was, I must say, way more interesting than CSPAN.

Seriously.

On today's agenda: A Salt Lake Tribune GRA...

Updated on May 11, 2011 02:00PM
Does Cupid play politics? That 'something special' might be your mate's political ideology
Researchers discover spouses select partners based on social and political attitudes
Updated on Aug 29, 2012 02:55PM

The GRAMA Working Group's subcommittees presented reports today, which you can read here.

I will post other reports fr...

Updated on May 10, 2011 10:36AM

Here is Jeff Hunt's analysis of the intent language that introduces the Government Records Access and Management Act.

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Updated on Apr 29, 2011 03:42PM

I am going to start a new thing: Press Release of the Day. Here's today's winner. Not vouching for it. Just saying it made me laugh.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Get your very o...

Updated on Apr 26, 2011 05:00PM
What does Utah Sen. Steve Urquhart think should be done with GRAMA? Read this new post on his blog....

Updated on Apr 26, 2011 03:44PM
I thought some of my readers might be interested in seeing how Judge Hilder ruled at a key moment in the Tolton versus Town of Alta case. I have selected a few key pages from his 2007 order to give yo...

Updated on Apr 26, 2011 01:24PM

I've read many interesting comments on my story about the Tolton versus Town of Alta GRAMA fight. Here's something extra: a copy of Tolton's

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Updated on Apr 22, 2011 06:28PM

Steve Maxfield, chairman of the SaveGRAMA.org group, sent a letter to the GRAMA Working Group Friday asking that members of the State Records Committee be asked to join subcommittees that will hash...

Updated on Apr 22, 2011 04:50PM

Lane Beattie, chairman of the GRAMA Working Group, on Friday sent around an email listing topics that will be the focus of the yet-to-form subcommittees. The group's subcommittees will met for the ...

Updated on Apr 20, 2011 05:24PM

Inquiring minds — well, mine, at least — want to know what's happening with the GRAMA Working Group's subcommittees, which were supposed to get underway this week.

I just got off the phone w...

Updated on Apr 18, 2011 12:18PM

Texas has a novel approach to open records requests. Any governmental entity covered by the Public Information Act that wants to whithold documents or information from a requester must first seek a...

Updated on Apr 12, 2011 05:40PM

Utah Data Points, a website featuring analysis by political science professors at Utah universities, has a new post looking at how voters rank importance of certain factors in the open records deba...

Updated on Apr 12, 2011 04:36PM
At its last meeting the State Records Committee handed out a chart staff created that compared the current GRAMA law and changes proposed in HB477. The chart also listed commentary about the changes a...

Updated on Apr 12, 2011 01:08PM
I did a little GRAMA "outlier" fact checking in today's story, which you can read here. I thought you might be interested in seeing the GRAMA request filed by the Jo...

Updated on Apr 7, 2011 02:58PM

Access to meeting minutes were the basis for a lot of past GRAMA fights, a problem many municipalities and government entities solved by putting those records online so that anyone, at any time, ca...

Updated on Apr 6, 2011 11:11AM

Ogden Sen. Stuart Reid is not the only lawmaker concerned about how his personal, private communications are dealt with in GRAMA. Here is how the current statute defines what is and what is not a p...

Updated on Apr 6, 2011 11:11AM
This is what happens when lawsuits and GRAMA requests get out of hand. It all started in 1994, when Mark Haik sued the Town of Alta over water service. The dispute lasted five years. Then, in November...

Updated on Apr 5, 2011 03:23PM

Jeff Hunt, a media attorney and member of the GRAMA Working Group, objected during the group’s first meeting to the way legislative staff had framed 36 policy questions. At the second meeting, Hunt...

Updated on Apr 5, 2011 02:15PM

Welcome to the new blog!

I plan to use The GRAMA Debate blog to provide background and context to stories about the GRAMA Working Group and other issues raised as Utah debates changes to the...

 
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