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Ongoing review of election laws to upholding public trust

Let me take time to recognize the Lieutenant Governor's Office, as well as the Legislature, for their recent investigations of campaign and election law violations. We must continue to require ongoing review of our election laws to ensure strict compliance. Upholding the public trust in elected office starts with demonstrating our election laws must be adhered to--and when they are not, there will be serious consequences.
Source: 2014 State of the State address to the Utah legislature , Jan 29, 2014

Repealed restrictions on government records access

HB477: This bill modifies provisions of the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) relating to government records.

Deseret News summary: Utah lawmakers repealed a widely criticized law restricting access to many government records. The [repealed] bill largely exempted the Legislature and several forms of electronic communication, allowed for increased fees for records requests and erased language favoring openness. Gov. Herbert called the Legislature into special session to reconsider the bill after a huge public outcry galvanized the community. In a statement afterward, the governor said, "As the Legislature re-examines Utah's GRAMA statutes [for further changes, I hope they'll], protect the public's right to know, protect an individual/s legitimate right to privacy, and protect taxpayer dollars."

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 23-6-0 on Mar/7/11; Passed House 42-29-4 on Mar/7/11; Signed by Governor Gary Herbert on Mar/8/11

Source: Deseret News on Utah legislative voting records HB477 , Mar 8, 2011

Commission to Optimize State Government: do more with less

We created the Advisory Commission to Optimize State Government. The goal of this group is to help the state do more with less in order to benefit all. It is headed by former Governor Norm Bangerter. This diverse and bipartisan group of civic and busines leaders is taking an inside-out look at all areas of the state. Their efforts will improve our already well-managed state, and, now more than ever, we must achieve new levels of efficiency in state government.
Source: Utah 2010 State of the State Address , Jan 26, 2010

Guidelines on gifts, lobbying, & conflicts of interest

Today I signed an Executive Order that reaffirms and clarifies guidelines about accepting gifts, participating in lobbying efforts and identifying conflicts of interest. Now is as good a time as any to remind all state employees what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable conduct.

I encourage you, as lawmakers, to remove any perception of possible ethical issues by implementing meaningful and substantive ethics reform.

Source: Utah 2010 State of the State Address , Jan 26, 2010

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