Utah Senate OKs bill on access to records

Utah Senate OKs bill on access to records

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Senate has passed a bill to make it easier to keep some records private.

House Bill 122, sponsored by Rep. Douglas Aagard, R-Kaysville, makes changes to the balancing test for eight types of records covered under the Government Records Access and Management Act that deal with police investigations and legal proceedings.

If the life or safety of someone might be jeopardized by the release of information related to an investigation, whoever is making the request would have to show clear and convincing evidence that the need for it outweighs the need to keep it private.

For seven other types of records related to investigations or lawsuits, the bill would make the standard for release a preponderance of evidence.

The amended bill now goes back to the House for a vote.

Information from: Deseret News

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