2022 Legislative Updates to GRAMA

Rebekkah Shaw GRAMA, Open Government

In the 2022 session, the Utah Legislature made several updates to the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA). Here are the highlights.  Representative Dan Johnson sponsored House Bill 96 which contains two significant changes. First, it defines a media representative as “a person who requests a record to obtain information for a story or report for publication or broadcast …

Celebrating Sunshine Week with GRAMA

Guest Author GRAMA, News and Events

This blog post was written by Becky Wright who is an Archivist with the Davis County Clerk and Auditor’s Office. This is the first in a series of blog posts she authored in celebration of Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is a nation-wide initiative promoting open government and access to public information. To read the other blog posts, check out the …

State Records Committee Year in Review

Rebekkah Shaw Open Government, State Records Committee

As 2021 comes to a close, we wanted to share what the State Records Committee (SRC) has been up to this year. The Committee met electronically through May. In June, we started meeting in person again at the Taylorsville State Office Building, but virtual attendance was still an option for anyone attending. Going forward, meetings will always have an option …

Learn About the State Records Committee

Rebekkah Shaw GRAMA, Open Government, Records Access, State Records Committee

If you ask for a record from a government agency and they deny access or deny your reasonable request for a fee waiver, what options do you have? If you have requested a record from an agency and your request was denied, there is an appeals process, which is laid out in Part 4 of the Government Records Access and …

Classification of Voter Registration Records: Public, Private, and Protected

Rosemary Cundiff News and Events, Open Government

With an election coming up and recent changes in the law, it may be time to think about the classification of voter registration records. Parts of voter registration records are public, other parts are private, some are entirely private, and signatures are protected as outlined below: Private (Utah Code Section 63G-2-302(j)): Driver license or identification number Social Security number or …

Sunshine Conference 2020

Lauren Katz News and Events, Open Government

The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service is proud to announce the third annual Sunshine Conference. The theme is “Transparency, Trust, and Public Service”. Presentations will cover the origins of Utah’s open record laws, the ABC’s of GRAMA, the media’s perspective on record requests, and a discussion on preserving electronic records. Appointed Records Officers, the general public, and anyone …

Legislative Updates to GRAMA and PRMA

Rosemary Cundiff General Retention Schedules, GRAMA, Legislative Updates, Open Government, Records Access, Records Management, State Records Committee

In the 2019 session, the Utah Legislature updated the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) and the Public Records Management Act (PRMA). Senator Wayne Harper, sponsored two bills (Senate bills 25 and 108) which contained the most significant changes. With Senate bill 25, the Legislature created a new records management committee. This new committee will approve records retention schedules …

It’s Time for Another RIMM Webinar Series!

Sonny Dulfo General Retention Schedules, GRAMA, Legislative Updates, Open Government, Records Management, Training

Records and Information Management Month (RIMM) 2019 is here! To celebrate we are hosting a webinar each week in April. General Retention Schedules by Rebekkah Shaw and Heidi Steed, RIM Specialists at the Utah State Archives Wednesday, April 3, Noon-1:00 p.m. Rebekkah and Heidi will have a discussion about the general retention schedules–how they have changed, why they’re changing, and …

Utah Open Government Sunshine Conference! “Building Trust Through Transparency”

Dylan Mace News and Events, Open Government

Welcome to the Utah Open Government Sunshine Conference! “Building Trust Through Transparency” Tuesday, March 26, 2019 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service is excited to announce the second annual Open Government Conference.  Come and learn why transparency matters and how to work together for a better open government. Our guest speakers include: Kenneth …