SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature has voted to repeal changes to the state’s open records law that exempts text messages from public scrutiny and increases the cost of records requests.House Bill 1001 passed the Senate 19-5 after passing the House 60-3 on Friday during a special session.Gov. Gary Herbert called for the special session on Monday, only a few hours after House Republicans voted in a closed caucus to support the repeal of House Bill 477. Instead of the changes taking effect July 1, a working group will study the issue and recommend ways to adapt the state’s open records law to new technologies, including text messages, voice mails and email.The bill was just passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor in less than a week earlier this month.The bill now goes to Herbert for final approval. He says he supports the repeal.
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