Utah House votes to repeal open-records changes

Friday, March 25, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House has voted to repeal changes to the state’s open-records law that exempts text messages from public scrutiny and increases the cost of records requests.

House Bill 1001 now moves to the Senate after passing 60-3 through on today.

The Senate Republican caucus remains split about whether to repeal the bill.

Gov. Gary Herbert called for the special session March 21 after the House Republican caucus decided to support a repeal of House Bill 477.

Herbert says he expects the repeal to pass, despite some opposition from Senate Republicans.

A working group is already reviewing the open-records law to find ways to adapt it to new technologies, including text messages, voice mails and e-mails.

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