- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Transit Authority is no longer allowing the public to attend committee meetings about issues affecting public transportation users, a move some say violates state open meeting laws.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1WruB8o) that UTA spokesman Remi Barron said in an email the transition to closed-door meetings comes after the agency moved final decisions from committees to the full board. He called the new meetings “informal work sessions” and says they are exempt from Utah’s open meeting laws.

However, Salt Lake City Attorney Jeff Hunt says UTA’s plan does violate the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act and that the public has a right to hear the debate on issues that affect them.

The UTA’s decision comes after the agency recently announced reforms to increase public transparency.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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