A Look At Utah’s Records Committee…

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This is the first in a series of stories The Slat lake Tribune is doing on the state’s public records law, and it has a great anecdotal opening:

In 1992, the first appeal brought before the State Records Committee under Utah’s newly adopted open-records law came from The Salt Lake Tribune, which wanted the Department of Transportation to hand over a year’s worth of traffic-accident reports stored on nine-track computer tape.

That’s right, nine-track tape.

In the two decades since, the committee has settled about 218 records disputes using the state’s Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) to sort out competing interests, even as data moved from tapes to floppy disks to instant messages and email.

 

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