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Utah Repeals Anti-Transparency Law 80

oddjob1244 writes "After enduring two weeks of public fury, Utah lawmakers voted Friday to repeal a bill that would have restricted public access to government records. While Senate President Michael Waddoups accused the media of lobbying on the issue and others blamed the press for biased coverage that turned citizens against them, Sen. Steve Urquhart said bluntly: 'We messed up. It is nobody's fault but ours.'"
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Utah Repeals Anti-Transparency Law

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  • Re:FOI request. (Score:3, Informative)

    by fonos ( 847221 ) on Friday March 25, 2011 @08:48PM (#35618632)
    It would cost a lot of money to publish every single document that could be requested. Plus, certain documents contain sensitive/personal information, so they may omit certain parts of the document depending on who requests it. You can request the information US Customs has on you. Entries, exits, etc.
  • Re:We won? (Score:5, Informative)

    by 517714 ( 762276 ) on Friday March 25, 2011 @09:19PM (#35618830)
    The Legislature, led by the Senate isn't done. Senate President Michael Waddoups said Monday, "We’re not going to repeal it until we have something to replace it with.” This is just intermission, the fat lady hasn't sung.

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