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April 4, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

GRAMA panel considers creation of state records ombudsman

Article originally appeared on www.deseretnews.com on March 30, 2011 and was written by Paul Koepp.

A group brainstorming changes to Utah’s open-records law reacted warmly Wednesday to a suggestion to create a state ombudsman for public records.

The position, in the office of either the attorney general or the state archivist, would serve as a sounding board for questions from both Utah residents and government officials on how to resolve thorny records requests.

Craig Call, a former legislator who served in a similar position dealing with property-rights issues, presented the idea to the working group formed in the wake of HB477. That bill died Tuesday when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a repeal measure, passed by lawmakers in special session last week, that nixes sweeping changes they had wanted to make to the Government Records Access and Management Act. [link to full article]

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