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R35. Administrative Services, Records Committee.

Rule R35-2. Declining Appeal Hearings.

As in effect on November 1, 2017

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R35-2-1. Authority and Purpose.

In accordance with Section 63G-2-502 and Subsection 63G-2-403(4), Utah Code, this rule establishes the procedure declining to schedule hearings by the Executive Secretary of the State Records Committee.

R35-2-2. Declining Requests for Hearings.

(1) In order to decline a request for a hearing under Subsection 63G-2-403(4), the Executive Secretary shall consult with the Committee Chair and at least one other member of the Committee as selected by the Chair.

(2) In any appeal to the Committee of a governmental entity's denial of access to records for the reason that the record is not maintained by the governmental entity, the petitioner shall provide sufficient evidence in the petitioner's statement of facts, reasons, and legal authority in support of the appeal, that the record was maintained by the governmental entity at one time, or that the governmental entity has concealed, or not sufficiently or improperly searched for the record. The Committee Chair shall determine whether or not the petitioner has provided sufficient evidence. If the Committee Chair determines that sufficient evidence has been provided, the Chair shall direct the Executive Secretary to schedule a hearing as otherwise provided in these rules. If the Committee Chair determines that sufficient evidence has not been provided, the Chair shall direct the Executive Secretary to not schedule a hearing and to inform the petitioner of the determination. Evidence that a governmental entity has disposed of the record according to retention schedules is sufficient basis for the Chair to direct the Executive Secretary to not schedule a hearing.

(3) In order to file an appeal, the petitioner must submit a copy of his or her initial records requests or a statement of the specific records requested if a copy is unavailable to the petitioner, as well as any decision of the records request. The Executive Secretary shall notify the petitioner that a hearing cannot be scheduled until the proper information is submitted.

(4) The Committee Chair and one other member of the Committee must both agree with the Executive Secretary's recommendation to decline to schedule a hearing. Such a decision shall consider the potential for a public interest claim as may be put forward by the petitioner under the provisions of Subsection 63G-2-403(11)(b), Utah Code. A copy of each decision to deny a hearing shall be retained in the file.

(5) The Executive Secretary's notice to the petitioner indicating that the request for a hearing has been denied, as provided for in Subsection 63G-2-403(4)(b)(ii)(A), Utah Code, shall include a copy of the previous order of the Committee holding that the records at issue are appropriately classified.

(6) The Executive Secretary shall report on each of the hearings declined at each regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee in order to provide a public record of the actions taken.

(7) If a Committee member has requested a discussion to reconsider the decision to decline a hearing, the Committee may, after discussion and by a majority vote, choose to reverse the decision and hold a hearing. Any discussion of reconsideration shall be limited to those Committee members then present, and shall be based only on two questions: whether the records being requested were covered by a previous order of the Committee, and/or whether the petitioner has, or is likely to, put forth a public interest claim. Neither the petitioner nor the agency whose records are requested shall be heard at this time. If the Committee votes to hold a hearing, the Executive Secretary shall schedule it on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled Committee meeting.

(8) The Executive Secretary shall compile and include in an annual report to the Committee a complete documented list of all hearings held, withdrawn, and declined.

KEY

government documents, state records committee, records appeal hearings

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

June 22, 2017

Notice of Continuation

June 3, 2014

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

63G-2-403(4)


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R35, please contact the promulgating agency (Administrative Services, Records Committee). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at https://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html.