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Utah government open records portal now online

An Open Records Portal on the Utah State Government website is available for the public to make Government Records Access and Management Act requests to state government agencies.
An Open Records Portal on the Utah State Government website is available for the public to make Government Records Access and Management Act requests to state government agencies.
Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — An open records portal on the Utah state government website is available for the public to make Government Records Access and Management Act requests to state government agencies.

The portal can be accessed at openrecords.utah.gov.

The portal was developed in response to legislation passed in the 2014 Legislature, which requires the Utah Division of State Archives to create an open records portal in consultation with the Utah Transparency Board.

The portal is a central point for requesting access to records from state executive agencies. It will be expanded over the next two years to include local governments as well.

By Jan. 1, 2016, the portal will include school districts, charter schools, municipalities, counties and public transit districts such as Utah Transit Authority. By Jan. 1, 2017, it will include all special service districts.

The portal also includes download options for receiving records, information about state agency hierarchy, and contact information for records officers. The portal will be expanded in the future to include links to many public records that are already posted online, and allow for uploading and posting of additional public records.

The state archives encourages record seekers to use the portal. Users may provide feedback by emailing openrecordsadmin@utah.gov.