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Rallies planned to oppose Legislature's secrecy grab

by Jesse Fruhwirth
- Posted // 2011-03-07 -

Two rallies are planned this week to oppose the Utah Legislature's move to give itself extra privilege to secrecy as well has make public records request of all kinds more expensive and limited. Conservatives, liberals and even out-of-staters are criticizing HB 477.

Criticism of the bill has included complaints that e-mails and text messages would no longer be public record (even Mexico includes e-mails as public record!), the Legislature itself would be entirely excluded from the Government Records Access and Management Act, more commonly called GRAMA, and perhaps worst of all, the Legislature displayed great disrespect for the public input by rushing the bill through both chambers in less than a week in an effort to stymie public opposition. Their rush is why you are hearing about all this so abruptly.

In addition to the rallies, you can get informed or involved in the following ways.

First: call or e-mail Gov. Gary Herbert and tell him to veto HB 477 because you believe in government transparency.

801-538-1000 or email gherbert@utah.gov

If you haven't formed an opinion yet, read two opinion pieces we've published about HB477 here:

Gov. Herbert: Veto the Legislature's Secrecy Grab in HB477

and

HB477: Tastes Like Tyranny

I'll be on RadioActive tonight with Brigham Young University journalism professor Joel Campbell talking about HB477.

RadioActive discusses HB477
Today, 6 p.m.
KRCL 90.9 FM or listen live at http://www.krcl.org

The first anti-HB 477 rally:

12 p.m., Tuesday March 8
Utah Capitol Rotunda
Confirm your attendance on Facebook

For more information on Tuesday's rally, contact Bob Aagard at hb477@bobaagard.com or call 801-381-8851

The second anti-HB 477 rally:

Shine a Light on Government Rally
6 p.m., Thursday March 10
Utah Capitol Hill
Confirm your attendance on Facebook

Lastly, you can sign this petition that's going around or "like" this group on Facebook to get updates on what is going on.

For Twitter users, follow hashtag #HB477.

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