Utah Third in Nation for Open Govt. Records Laws

Utah Third in Nation for Open Govt. Records Laws

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah has one of the better open government records laws in the nation.

That's according to a joint study by the Better Government Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

The study ranks Utah third in the nation for its law that allows residents access to government information.

The study gave Utah's Government Records Access and Management Act or G-R-A-M-A a "B-minus."

Only New Jersey and Nebraska got better grades, with both states receiving a "B." No state received an "A."

B-Y-U professor and open government specialist Joel Campbell says although he thinks G-R-A-M-A is good law, he doesn't believe enough public officials know how it works.

Campbell says typically, government officials don't want to give out public information because it may prove to be embarrassing.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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