High court: State rights of way records are public

High court: State rights of way records are public

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Supreme Court says state information about potential rights of way on federal land are public.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance in 2004 sought access to state records in a database relating to Revised Statute 2477, a law dealing with passage across federal lands.

Identifying routes that might qualify under that law has been a long-running controversy, especially in southern Utah.

The state released some of the documents SUWA sought but said others weren't covered by Utah's public records law. SUWA took its case to 3rd District Court, which upheld the decision in 2006.

In a decision issued Tuesday, the Supreme Court said the records were never classified as nonpublic and don't fall under any of the exemptions in the state public records law.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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