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SB 177 The GRAMA Solution

Posted in 2012, Featured on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 4:58 PM 1 Comments

By Curt Bramble
Utah State Senator, District 16

There is a fine line to balance between the necessary transparency of doing the people’s business and protecting the personal private lives of those who work for and serve the people. Last year, HB 477 attempted to address those challenges and concerns. This year, after spending the summer working with the GRAMA working group, their recommendations have been incorporated into SB 177 and offer solid solutions to these problems.

Here is what the bill does:

* In an effort to avoid as many appeals and litigation issues as possible, SB 177 establishes the position of a government records Ombudsman to assist in navigating and resolving issues with GRAMA requests.

* SB 177 establishes online training and requires that records offices be required to complete annual online training.

* SB 177 resolves the ambiguity between the statute and the intent language of the Supreme Court “Deseret News” decision.

* SB 177 clarifies protected records provisions relating to attorney client privilege, work product and records prepared for or in anticipation of litigation so that GRAMA cannot be used to circumvent judicial rules of discovery and establish evidentiary standards of release of certain enforcement and litigation records.

* SB 177 removes the ambiguity regarding private communications relating to an individual’s capacity other than that of a government official or that are unrelated to the conduct of the public’s business.

Here are some news articles on the bill:

Victory for GRAMA – The Deseret News

Legislators Learning to Love the Sunshine – The Salt Lake Tribune

Here is an explanation video:

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1 Comments to “SB 177 The GRAMA Solution”

  1. David D'Addabbo says:

    The problem we have now in litigation, is the court judges, who are paid by the government, do not enforce discovery efforts upon law enforcement people, yet the judges most always enforce all discovery materials, when requested by government officers…

    Servants are the government employees.. all of them

    Masters are the people.

    the people can not be forced to relinquish private materials to courts when the servants do not have to relinguish those materials.

    Judicial misconduct is very common in Utah Courts.

    Judges allow Deefendants as police and sheriff discovery evidence when requested by plaintiffs to all of a sudden become missing, or can not find it, or will not produce it, or it is too private.. etc..

    Too private is an option ONLY left to the social security number of the officers involved in any case as a defendant. All other materials requested by Plaintiff must be surrendered, such as tapes, videos, films, recordings, booking and officer reports, jail and or prison logs… etc…

    Just because government officers feel they are protected from prosecution for under color of law actions, is the reason these actions are done so regular by Utah law officers.

    Do NOT allow these sheriff and police coverups to continue by holding back evidence that they feel is private!

    I have had several cases where evidence has been subpoenaed from officers and it comes up missing…and lost and or never was there in the first place excuses…. when I physically saw the evidence with witnesses … yet it can not be produced and the judges will not force them to produce it and or the judge will not enforce sanctions or default orders when evidence has been tampered with.

    Your only job is to help protect the rights of the poeple.. not to regulate the people. You can regulate yourselves and the UTAH corporations but not the people.

    Start removing regulations upon the people illegal laws, and return this state back to a Republic under God.


    David J. D’Addabbo
    Investigator for the people.

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