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Mon January 7, 2013
Nixon Pushes For Open Records Exemptions
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is using his bully pulpit to push for the reinstatement of some exemptions to Missouri’s Sunshine Law.
The exemptions were added to the state’s public records law after the September 11th attacks. They allow schools, hospitals and other public facilities to keep their security plans and procedures private, along with information that private companies share with local police departments.
A sunset provision means they expired on December 31st.
Nixon says it doesn’t take a lot to see how that information could be misused.
“By standing together in unified fashion with law enforcement, school leaders and others today, we send a clear message to the Legislature that this should be on the top of the list of things to get done,” says Nixon.
Lawmakers from both parties have already filed bills re-instating the exemptions.