Bill would classify some records as protected

Bill would classify some records as protected



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A bill that would allow some records to be classified as private or protected if they were prepared for pending litigation has passed the Utah House.

House Bill 122 was approved on a 43-27 vote on Wednesday.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Douglas Aagard, R-Kaysville, would block attorney work product or attorney-client records from being released unless there is clear and convincing evidence to show that the public interest outweighs private interest.

Aagard says the bill brings the Government Records Access Management Act in line with court rules on discovery and attorney-client privilege.

Several media organizations have voiced opposition to the measure, saying it dilutes the state open records law.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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