GOP Leaders Promise Open Caucus Bill Will Move Out of Committee

GOP Leaders Promise Open Caucus Bill Will Move Out of Committee

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Republican legislative leaders promise they will not keep Democratic Representative Scott Daniels' open-caucus bill locked up in the Rules Committee.

Daniels says House Rules Committee member David Ure has said it is coming out of Rules.

Daniels' bill would eliminate the Legislature's exemptions to the state Open and Public Meetings Act.

It particularly would affect the closed caucuses held by Republicans. Democratic caucuses are open.

The law now specifically exempts party caucuses from the open-meetings law.

Republicans, who control the House 56-to-19 and the Senate 22-to-seven have argued that they need a private forum to flesh out all aspects of issues, including political considerations.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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