Mo. bill could revive printing of state manual

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri “Blue Book” could be spared from becoming an online-only publication.

Budget-cutting legislation enacted last year did away with the requirement to print paper copies of the Official Manual of the State of Missouri, which is published every two years.

But a House committee heard testimony Thursday on legislation allowing the secretary of state to enter into an agreement with a nonprofit organization to print and distribute copies of the book. The Missouri Press Foundation is interested in that role.

The books historically have been free to the public. The secretary of state’s office says it could cost between $15 and $30 to buy a copy of the Blue Book under the proposed arrangement.

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Manual legislation is HB714.

Online:

Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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