SPJ 'honors' Utah governor for closing records

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  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    In a right wing Republican Republic the people in power should be able to hide information from the masses they control.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    'By all aspects this law (HB477) is against the law, it basic repeals the federal law of freedom of information access and well as creating a governmnet of secrecy.' - My2Cents | 6:00 a.m.

    I agree.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    March 15, 2011 6:00 a.m.

    By all aspects this law (HB477) is against the law, it basic repeals the federal law of freedom of information access and well as creating a governmnet of secrecy. I don't think a bill should be bothered with technical aspects of how information is requested or given because that is not even relevant.

    If the government agency's spend and waste so much time in complying with GRAMMA then there is a problem with the government offices trying to censor information. No government worker should have or be authorized the use of cell phones paid for by taxpayers. Regardless of where or how government employees are doing there jobs, it is the property of the taxpayers. I wonder how many millions of dollars of an agency's budget is relegated to cell phone purchase and use? Any medium used to perform the duties of a government job are public records and privacy is irrelevant. If government owned property, cell phones, are used for private use they are breaking the law. Government owned cell phones are subject to wire taps without the consent of the user therefore all information is public records.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 14, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    @Gifford VanBuren

    " If he had vetoed it the house could have over-ruled him..."

    That is the weakest excuse I have ever heard. If he was truly against this bill he would have vetoed it and dared the legislature to override him. A principled man doesn't sell his principles becuase it is convenient and to avoid conflict.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 14, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    This is from the same Legislature who seek to indoctrinate our youth that we're a Republic, not a democracy. This is apparently how they think a Republic operates, essentially unchecked power, arrogance & disdain for the public.

    Perhaps the people need to educate the Legislature on precisely who has the power in our state. The results to date would indicate it's the Legislature who presides over the people.

  • Utah Dem Ogden, UT
    March 14, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    From another article in this newspaper, "Lockhart, who was in her office Monday working to identify candidates for the interim study committee that will work to address the concerns about HB477..."

    My concerns is that Lockhart, a pusher of HB477 is working to ID candidates for the committee - now that's fair and balanced.

  • Gifford VanBuren Holladay, UT
    March 14, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    I'm not in favor of this bill, but I gotta tell you the way the journalists have whined about this thing while trying to appear "objective" has been the most offensive.
    Herbert isn't the one to blame here. If he had vetoed it the house could have over-ruled him and it would have become a law. Instead he signed it with a delayed date so that there can be a discussion and hopefully support can build behind it.
    Go after the senators that sponsored the bill!

  • Yeah but South Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    You know this bill stunk when Chris Buttars couldn't even swallow it! Imagine - in one week, he does it right twice - voted against 477 and quit the legislature. Hip - Hip - Hurrayyy!!!

  • texlds Dallas, TX
    March 14, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    Who was it the worked in the dark?

    Oh, that's right - Satan, and now, so a much lesser extent (but an extent just the same) the Utah government.

    Go figure.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    March 14, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    To TallGuy: The SPJ has discussed this issue throughout the local and national media well before the bestowing of this "prestigious" honor. For those of us who read the local and national media regularly we have seen the op-ed pieces. Just a thought sir.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    March 14, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    Tallguy, you have no idea the difference between out of control PETA whackos and SPJ. SPJ is a legitimate functioning entity which helps college students and professional journalists continue to provide the news and expose crooked politicos.
    Gov. Herbert made a major mistake with this bill. By signing this he's lumped himself into the rest of the group of politicos who think they're above having to answer for anything they do.
    If text messages aren't relevant in the political process then they should not be used in convicting people of criminal acts.
    Herbert lost my vote with this one, as did Hughes in Dist. 51.

  • sodiedog Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    SPJ is doing exactly what it should do in this case.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    So, it's like the 'Razzies?' The award is, basically, an insult?


    Then Herbert deserves it.

    As, we pay his wages...
    but he doesnt have to tell us who he emails.

    *'E-mail raises new questions about influence of Herbert campaign contributions' - By John Daley and Lisa Riley Roche - DSNews - 09/28/10

    Herbert gets $50,000 in donations.
    The donor gets a $1.7 billion I-15 project.

    FYI, this was 6 months before Herbert signed HB477, the bill DENYING you access to his emails...

    into law.

  • TallGuy1970 Syracuse, UT
    March 14, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    Wow! The SPJ has sunk to the level of PETA! No, that's not a good thing!

    How about discussing things like adults instead of childish pranks to grab attention?!