Missouri Representative pushing a house bill making animal health and environmental protection issues exempt from Sunshine Law

Missouri Representative Jay Houghton (R-Martinsburg) is sponsoring House Bill 1414, which would make "any data collected for the purpose of animal health or environmental protection" a closed record and therefore exempt from not only Missouri's Sunshine Law, but the federal Freedom of Information Act. He is also chair of the committee.

The bill is currently under fire by several organizations including the Missouri Press Association and the Human Society of the United States for its vague wording. Continue…