BYU poll finds voters value open records far more than legislators' privacy

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  • Dektol Powell, OH
    April 13, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    Elected by the public. Paid by the public. Working for the public.
    Why do they think they have ANY right to privacy in doing the public business?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    'BYU poll finds voters value open records far more than legislators' privacy' - Title

    *'Herbert signs records bill HB477 after rally for veto' - By Paul Koepp, Deseret News - 03/08/11

    'More than 100 people gathered near the steps leading up to the House chamber to demand a veto from Gov. Gary Herbert as lawmakers who passed an amended HB477 Monday delaying its effective date until July 1 looked down from the corridors above.
    But an 8 p.m. news release from the governor's office said he signed the bill along with 18 other measures that have passed the 2011 Legislature.'

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    April 13, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    The voting public are the employers of all elected officials and public employees. Can you imagine what would happen if you told your employer "Go Jump" when they asked to see paperwork related to your job? I wouldn't have a job very long and neither would you.

    When law makers enter public life they can forget about privacy. It no longer exists.

    The only things that should not be subject to public disclosure are:

    Personal financial information on private citizens that the government happens to hold.

    Names of people on the witness protection program.

    Police records on minors.

    Any personal information on private citizens. (Who wants the DMV to disclose the owner of a vehicle based on the license plate number? That would be a good way for a sexual predator to get the address of that pretty girl he just saw.)

    Almost everything else should be available to the public.

    Secrecy is unbecoming in government operations.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 12, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    People have backed off from this issue but this is the time to express your opinions while the Governor appointed group is meeting. When you read the article about the UDOT $13M giveaway and protection they used not to answer GRAMA requests is not a surprise. If requests had been answered and the Governor and UDOT people had responded, there would have been a rabbit trail. As it is the auditors did not find a trail. $13M is a lot of money and probably in Chicago could be used for something else than to silence government actions. GRAMA was made for a reason and this Saturday midnight action by the legislature is still offensive when it comes to the leadership of the House and Senate.

    Thanks to BYU for trying to be open on this subject. Legislators know or should know they are not in a private world, especially during their elected position job, which is public for us to know what they are doing for us, as citizens.