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Attorney Michael Patrick O'Brien Works with Utah Media Coalition to Oppose House Bill 477


Jones Waldo media lawyer Mike O’Brien has been working with the Utah Media Coalition (all of Utah’s print and broadcast journalists) to oppose HB 477, the Utah Legislature’s attempt to significantly modify Utah’s open records law.  In this bill, the Legislature exempts itself from most of GRAMA, cloaks most electronic records in secrecy, repeals the law’s original intent that when in doubt, the public should be allowed access to records, and imposes the possibility of new higher fees on those who request records.  Fox 13 news interviewed him on March 8, 2011 about these activities.