Judge orders Utah Highway Patrol to share investigation into trooper

From The Salt Lake Tribune:  Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Shawn Alton says his 2011 request to search a man’s SUV and trailer had the proper approval.

But court records show the Emery County attorney told Alton he didn’t have enough probable cause to search Jeffrey Lawrence’s vehicle two years ago on the side of Interstate 70.

Now it’s Lawrence with a court order — to dig around into what UHP did to investigate Alton and the unlawful search.


Utah bill requiring free public records sent back to drawing board

From The Salt Lake Tribune:

Rep. Brian King’s efforts to require agency’s to provide public documents at no cost is going on the back burner.

The House Political Subdivisions Committee voted unanimously Monday to send HB122 back to the House Rules Committee to be assigned to interim study during the year. House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, said that would give King time to work out concerns raised by opponents of the bill.


Utah legislators working on open records bills

From San Francisco Chronicle:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two years after Utah lawmakers drew public fury with a restrictive public records bill, some legislators are keeping up a reconciliation effort with bills to designed expand access to public records.

Lawmakers have introduced legislation to create online portals for legislative emails and other public records and to require agencies to waive records request fees in certain cases.


NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 26, 2012

Keyboard key for AccessA few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week: