Mo. lawmakers endorse Sunshine Law measures

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have endorsed separate measures focused on the open meetings and records law, commonly called the Sunshine Law.

The Senate and House each gave first-round approval Tuesday to their versions of a bill to renew security exemptions that expired at the end of 2012. One had covered security systems and structural plans and the other dealt with plans for responding to terrorism incidents.

The Senate legislation also would require officials give more notice before meetings and disclose general topics of closed sessions. Plus, it would put the burden on the governmental body to demonstrate something can be closed.

The House measure states that logs and records from elected officials’ flights are an open record.

Both versions of the legislation require another vote before moving to the other chamber.

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