Utah's open-records law, known by the nickname GRAMA, may undergo a significant makeover, if two bills being readied for the upcoming legislative session are any gauge. One plan would make the law tougher, the other would loosen disclosure provisions.
Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, hopes to increase penalties for government agencies failing to comply with GRAMA.

The measure is aimed at the Salt Lake City Police Department, says the lawmaker, who has been sharply critical of the department's refusal to cross-deputize officers as immigration agents. He also complains that the department has obstructed his open-records request in trying to ferret out information showing a link between undocumented immigration and crime.