Sunshine Week

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It’s Sunshine Week!

March 10-16, 2013 is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about open government and freedom of information.

In Utah, open government and access to records is governed by GRAMA, the Government Records Access and Management Act.  GRAMA became law in 1992 and Salt Lake County was the first local government to pass an ordinance to comply.  County Ordinance 1190 was approved by the County Commission on June 17, 1992.

The Board of County Commission stated in the ordinance that it was “in the best interests of Salt Lake County and its citizens to maintain and preserve accurate government records” and as a result the County Archives and Records Services Section was created.  It was responsible to receive and preserve county records, as well as be the “formal, official repository” for county records and historical artifacts.

Excerpt from Salt Lake County Commission Minutes, June 17, 1992.

Excerpt from Salt Lake County Commission Minutes, June 17, 1992.

In an era of more awareness of the need for government transparency, it’s as relevant today as it was in 1992 to preserve accurate government records.  Salt Lake County Archives serves this need by preserving and providing access to public historical records.  Learn more about us by visiting our homepage.

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