Governor did not expect public outcry to HB477

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he never was in favor of House Bill 477, the controversial bill that would have made significant changes to the state’s open records law, also known as GRAMA.On the Governor’s radio news conference last week, Herbert said he didn’t veto the bill because he thought there would have been an over-ride. He said he had not expected the large public outcry but he does think the group appointed to study the bill is working.”It’s working very well,” Gov. Herbert said, “and there’s good arguments and good discussion going on to see what needs to be done on the current statute, maybe some tweaking here and there. I don’t think you’re going to see a lot of wholesale change, by the way. But it is working out. “But in hindsight…I probably should have just said, ‘you know what, rather than trying to work out the proverbial win-win here and keep everybody happy,’ I should have just bit the bullet and vetoed the bill.”One bill Herbert vetoed that would channel a portion of the state sales ax ito transportation is being challenged by lawmakers. An over-ride special session of the legislature is scheduled for Friday.

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