Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
FILE - Representatives Lowry Snow and Stephen Handy listen during the closing night of the legislature in Salt Lake City Thursday, March 10, 2016. A new bill proposed to the Utah Legislature would allow a public body to conduct a closed meeting to get advice from its attorney.

SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill proposed to the Utah Legislature would allow a public body to conduct a closed meeting to get advice from its attorney.

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The Standard-Examiner reports the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act already lists reasons why state or local government boards can go into closed session, such as discussing potential property transactions, collective bargaining or litigation.

But Rep. Stephen Handy's proposal, HB74, would allow special service districts, such as sewer and water boards, to go into closed session to receive legal advice from their attorneys.

But the Utah Media Coalition opposes an exemption for legal advice.

Salt Lake City media attorney Jeff Hunt says district representatives say they will try to craft a narrower exemption, but so far nothing has been offered.

Handy, R-Layton, says if a compromise can't be reached, he will consider dropping the bill.