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Published: Monday, March 7 2011 10:00 a.m. MST

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no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Not only does this bill cause fear and distrust of our state government, this will reach out and cause difficulties for two prominent figures.
As the world is aware of the fact that Utah government is largely run by LDS gentlemen, this is going to be a major problem for Mr. Romney and Mr. Huntsman should they choose to run for the Presidency of the United States.
The public has been criticizing the Obama administration for their hidden agenda.
Utah has just "one upped" the Democrats with this bill.

Milo P Otis
West Jordan, UT

State Legislators are given cell phones and laptops, I believe. If so, any communication on those devises should be available for public inspection and used only for the public business. Legislators are also citizens and should not have to give up their own cell phones or personal laptops for public inspection.

Like campaign contributions, do NOT co-mingle your personal and public contributions and expenditures. Keep them separate. What you do as a private citizen is your business however; remember that when you chose to run for office, you are living in a bubble. Your lives and even your family lives will be scrutenized. It goes with the territory

Happy Valley Hillbilly
Alpine, UT

The reality of this is that if Gov Herbert signs the bill, there is no question it will be challenged in court and most certainly thrown out in short order. Government employees whether elected or hired are just that, employees of the citizens of Utah. They are accountable to us, and to no one else. The people's business as conducted on capital hill is our business and as such is and should be open to public scrutiny. This openness enables the people to be made aware if their state employees are doing the job they are supposed to, or if they are incompetant in their responsibilities and need to be replaced.

Sandy, UT

What "options"?
Veto it.

Dewey Hewson
Eagle Mountain, UT

If Herbert does not veto this bill, his open disdain for the Utahn people will be complete.

This is nothing but a blatant attempt by "our" corrupt and "good 'ol boy" Legislature to protect their backroom and shady dealings.

Provo, UT

This bill is such an outrage, especially after all the corruption we've seen in the legislature in the last couple of years.

"Nobody here in the henhouse but us chickens!" says the fox.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

To veto it would take bravery.

Not So Fast
Salt Lake City, UT

So after rushing the bill through, discovering that people are not going to stand for it and politicians will encounter reprocussions of this self-serving legislation, they suddenly decide they need more time.

I fear that means they will take time to let the anger die down and then have the bill anyway.

Salt Lake City, UT

Veto it.

The claims of:

Back room dealings
Shady goverment
and Chicago style politics...

has now been voted, and supported by Utah's legislature.

How sad it is then, that people continue to vote for one party, when that party feels it does not need to report to the people.

Cedar City, UT

It's great that the voters of Utah are paying attention and reacting to what our legislators are doing.

We may have to keep a close eye on the redistricting process also. I can see how tempting it may be for the majority party to ensure their own re-elections by manipulating the district boundaries -- again.

It's important that the media has access to the intentions of our State officials so that we may be quickly and accurately informed.

Salt Lake City, UT

Now they're going to take the time to study the issue?! I guess things "festered" over the weekend.

Salem, UT

Recalled beacuse they have not fully thought it through- and these are the people we entrust with our laws and the ability to think clearly and not react to the whims of the day- very sad- pass a law then think about the implications- that is just what we were hoping for- Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind- just a couple of examples that come to mind- now I expect that at the federal level- I was hoping Utah was better- guess not

Beverly Hills, CA

All this is Corruption and hiding of the truth. Notice how the cockroaches run now that someone switched the light on? Where are you Tea party people on this or because it is backed by Republicans it is ok?

Springville, Utah

I hope gov Herbert also recalls HB116 'Guest Worker Program Act' or he won't have my support in the next elections.

Bountiful, UT

They told us last year that they didn't need the Citizens' Ethics Initiatives because the open access to public records would keep them honest. Hmmmmm.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

"legalimmigrant" I've wondered whether the immigration bills are what have brought the desired "secrecy" issues to the forefront. We all know that the amnesty lobbyists are doing THEIR BEST to preserve jobs for unethical employers. Maybe those legislators' would rather texts from the lobbyists DIDN'T SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY!

Guv: please veto ANY "guest worker" bills. Actual Utah citizens need the jobs! There's also lots of good reasons to veto the records bill!

The Authority
Richfield, UT

They are using a jackhammer to tweak something that needs a phillips screwdriver.

Makes you wonder what they have to hide?

The cost of an open government is that you have to deal with records requests. Shutting them down by over charging, or out waiting those who ask for the records is opens the door to corruption.

Beverly Hills, CA

This bill brought to you by the same party (Republicans) that gave banks 700 billion in bailouts. Thanks Bush and Republican party.

I am LDS but I don't blindly vote Republican. This bill is lunacy.

None of your business, UT

Glad the GOP leaders will listen to the Gov (and good decision on his part). Unfortunate they didn't listen to the public last week when they railed this down our throats. They could have focused on more relevant issues with limited remaining time in session.

As a republican & Utah, thoroughly embarrassing.

Beverly Hills, CA

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. I am LDS and proud of it but this is the legislature of the people and not a theocracy. I don't care how many of those legislators are LDS, it doesn't make them perfect.

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