(KCPW News) The debate over HB 477 isn’t over, in fact, it has hardly begun. The controversial new law bars access to all text messages, voicemails, and instant messages sent by elected officials, raises fees, and puts the burden of proof on the public to argue why a record should be made available.
Today, we’ll hear from all sides. First, we start with the legislature, as Senate Majority Leader Scott Jenkins join us to explain why lawmakers feel the legislation is necessary in the first place, and how the process of amending the bill is going to work. Then, we get the citizen perspective. Media attorney Jeff Hunt and Sherilyn Bennion with the Utah League of Women Voters will tell us they feel it’s just a bad bill.
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