A House committee approved a bill seeking to protect Utahns' voter information, even though several representatives expressed reservations about loopholes in the law and whether the bill goes far enough.
The bill, SB36s3, sponsored by Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, comes in response to a New Hampshire man who posted the searchable voter registration database online.
Mayne's bill would prevent releasing the voter database and using it for commercial purposes. But it has exemptions that let academic researchers, polling firms, journalists, and political parties get access to the database, which caused heartburn for some House members.
An amendment was also added to let financial institutions get access to the database to help with identity verificaiton.