Lawmakers' cell phones often out of public's reach

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 13, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    "It's one of those Catch-22 situations," Erickson said. "Do you require everything to be open and then penalize constituents who are requesting confidentiality, or close everything and have ethical problems arise later on?"


    Sadly - Utah [the Ensign to the World, the most moral, most Conservative in the Nation] has chosen the later.

    This is definetly not the same Utah I grew up in.....

  • scambuster American Fork, UT
    March 13, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    The solution is simple: All legislative oriented business must be conveyed through a state issued e-mail account or cell phone. All private matters between family and friends is done through a private e-mail account and phone. I teach school and I seem to have no problem communicating with school officials, parents, and students through my school issued computer and e-mail accounts. I simply don't give students, parents, teachers, or school officials my personal account information. The legislature can also do the same. They should not be giving lobbyists their personal e-mail accounts and phone numbers, but communicate with them only through state accounts. It is easy to do if the desire to be transparent is there.

    The legislature is just "excuse-making" as to why they can't be transparent. I'm not buying it.

  • Milo P Otis West Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    Absolutely no public business should be done on personal cell phones, personal tablets (iPads and the like) or personal laptops. Not even public pay phones. These are provided to the State Legislature and only those devices should be used to conduct the public business. Unfortunately, HB477 passed and signed by Governor Herbert. The bill should have been vetoed - period. We, the public have lost on this one and I for one, have lost trust in our elected officials.

    It's only time before municipalities will adopt this as code. Municipalities do NOT need to adopt this policy. City Council district representatives will be up for re-election this year. The question: "Are you for or against?" should be asked of all those who file for office. It won't cut it to just say; "It's a State Law." That's nice, but what do you think and answer the question. Vote 'em out if they favor. Remember to think before you speak, text or email.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    March 13, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    The judges are right on this issue, cell phones and the records are public information.

    Cell phones have become illegal closed door private meeting back room political tool. Could this be a potential billion or multimillion dollar cost cutting hidden treasure we can eliminate to help balance the budget? Eliminate and ban all cell phones in government buildings and public employees when they are on the job working for the taxpayers.

    I can think of many times I watched street workers for UDOT leaning on their shovels and talking on their phones making $35/hr. If we banned cell phones on all jobs, production goes up and costs go down. It's a no brainier concept.