Missouri House votes to toughen open records law

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. — The Missouri House has passed a bill that would increase the attorney general’s power to investigate open records violations. The proposal, approved Tuesday in an 85-59 vote, would give the attorney general’s office subpoena power when investigating state agencies for suspected violations of Missouri’s open records law. Attorney General Josh Hawley…

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Missouri House moves to strengthen open records law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would beef up the state’s open records law. The proposal would essentially give the attorney general’s office subpoena power when investigating open records violations. Attorney General Josh Hawley has publicly supported the bill, and previously said his inability to…

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Missouri Sunshine Law would get stronger enforcement under new bill

JEFFERSON CITY— The Sunshine Law, Missouri’s open records law, could be getting a big boost through legislation discussed Monday in a state House hearing. Missouri would join at least 15 other states in creating an official division that would not only enforce open records laws more strongly, but also provide guidance to the public and…

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AG Hawley proposes three steps to reinforce Missouri’s open-records laws

JEFFERSON CITY  Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Monday announced three proposals to strengthen the state’s open-records laws that he hopes legislators will pass in the coming months. Hawley, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, is asking lawmakers to create a transparency division in the attorney general’s office; to grant the attorney general’s office subpoena…

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Missouri AG proposes changes to strengthen open records laws

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley proposed legislative changes Monday he said would help better enforce state records request and records retention laws. In December, Hawley announced his office would investigate potential violations of the state’s open records law after it was discovered that Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff had been using…

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Missouri attorney general accuses St. Louis County ExecutiveSr of violating open records law

Missouri’s attorney general has accused St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger of multiple violations of the Missouri Sunshine Law. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Josh Hawley, a Republican, accuses Stenger, a Democrat, of failing to respond to records requests by the deadline set in state law. Stenger’s office is also accused of failing to have…

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Missouri AG: text messages are among government officials public records

JEFFERSON CITY • Attorney General Josh Hawley says text messages are public records under Missouri’s open records law, raising fresh concern about fellow Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ use of a secretive app that deletes text messages after they’ve been read. Hawley said his office policy – and legal view — was that text messages sent…

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ACLU sues Missouri Department of Corrections, alleges Sunshine Law violation

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is suing the state corrections department, alleging that it ignored the group’s request to view records about the state’s execution drug.

In the lawsuit filed Friday in circuit court in Cole County, the group said it submitted a written request on Aug. 26 for records concerning the state’s supply of the drug propofol, which the state plans to use for executions on Oct. 23 and Nov. 20.

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