Campbell: Closed oil-shale session fails open-government test

From The Salt Lake Tribune:

Colorado Common Cause has raised concerns about a meeting Uintah County officials organized in Vernal with state officials and Carbon and Duchesne county leaders along with officials from Wyoming and Colorado counties. Common Cause filed records requests with the counties and received 450 pages, many of them emails, some of which indicate industry lobbyists helped craft a resolution that the counties later passed.


Utah board’s banter reveals loophole in open meetings law

From Salt Lake Tribune:

Debate over Utah’s Open and Public Meetings Act — specifically on how to get around it — enlivened recent meetings of the staid Defined Contribution Risk Adjuster Board, or RAB.

The discussion offered an unusually candid glimpse at a ploy used by government entities to skirt the law: meeting without a quorum in closed subcommittees.