State Records Committee Appeal Decision 2018-04


BRADY EAMES, Petitioner, v.

LOGAN CITY, Respondent.


Case No. 18-04

By this appeal, Petitioner, Brady Eames, seeks access to records held by Respondent, Logan City.


On or about October 4, 2017, Mr. Eames made a request for records pursuant to the Government Records Access and Management Act (“GRAMA”). Mr. Eames requested, “[a]ny and all FCC Forms 394 associated with any transfer of cable television franchise since December 30, 1984.”

On October 4, 2017, Respondent provided multiple documents associated to the requested records. On October 24, 2017, Mr. Eames filed an appeal to the Mayor of Logan alleging that no records had been provided and that he had not been notified that “they were never created or were lost, given away or destroyed.” On October 27, 2017, additional documents were provided to the Petitioner.
Petitioner was unsatisfied with the documents provided and filed an appeal with the State Records Committee (“Committee”). The Committee having reviewed the arguments submitted by the parties and having heard oral argument and testimony on January 11, 2018, now issues the following Decision and Order.


1. The State Records Committee is authorized to: (1) Grant the relief sought, in whole or in part of a records committee appellant; or (2) Uphold the governmental entity’s access denial, in whole or in part. Utah Code § 63G-2-403(11)(a). Having reviewed Petitioner’s records request and the arguments and testimony of the parties, the Committee is persuaded that Logan City has already provided to Mr. Eames all records that are responsive to his records request. Therefore, the Committee cannot order Logan City to provide records to Petitioner that it does not possess.


THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED THAT the appeal of Petitioner, Brady Eames, is DENIED.


A party to a proceeding before the Committee may seek judicial review in District Court of a Committee's Order by filing a petition for review of the Committee Order as provided in Utah Code § 63G-2-404. Utah Code § 63G-2-403(14). A petition for judicial review of a Committee Order "shall be filed no later than 30 days" after the date of the Committee Order. Utah Code § 63G-2-404(1)(a). The petition for judicial review must be a complaint which is governed by the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, and include the Committee as a necessary party and contain the required information listed in Subsection -404(2). Utah Code § 63G-2-404(1) & (2). The court shall make its decision de novo, but shall allow introduction of evidence presented to the Committee, determine all questions of fact and law without a jury, and decide the issue at the earliest practical opportunity. Utah Code § 63G-2-404(6). In order to protect a parties’ rights on appeal, a party may wish to seek advice from an attorney.


Pursuant to Utah Code § 63G-2-403(15)(c), if the Committee orders the governmental entity to produce a record and no appeal is filed, the government entity herein shall comply with the order of the Committee and shall: (1) Produce the record; and (2) File a notice of compliance with the Committee. If the governmental entity ordered to produce a record fails to file a notice of compliance or a notice of intent to appeal, the Committee may do either or both of the following: (1) Impose a civil penalty of up to $500 for each day of continuing noncompliance; or (2) Send written notice of the entity's noncompliance to the Governor for executive branch entities, to the Legislative Management Committee for legislative branch entities, and to the Judicial Council for judicial branch agencies’ entities. Utah Code § 63G-2-403(15)(d)(i). In imposing a civil penalty, the Committee shall consider the gravity and circumstances of the violation, including whether the failure to comply was due to neglect or was willful or intentional. Utah Code § 63G-2-403(15)(d)(ii).

Entered this 23rd day of January 2018.


DAVID FLEMING, Chairperson
State Records Committee


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