West Valley Transparency Standard Sharply Differs from HB 477

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder

(KCPW News) While a heated debate over access to public records rages on in the state legislature, Utah’s second-largest city wants you to know where it stands on transparency. Yesterday, West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder joined the city council in announcing a new transparency standard. Regardless of what Utah lawmakers do, it means that you’ll continue to have access to text messages and other forms of electronic communication sent or received by city officials. KCPW’s Jeff Robinson asked Winder if this transparency standard was a direct response to HB 477, an extremely divisive law passed earlier this month that restricts open records access.

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