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Senate bill would close some Missouri lawmaker records

Senate bill would close some Missouri lawmaker records

February 12th, 2019 by Associated Press in Missouri News

Thomas Jefferson's statue graces the south side of the Missouri Capitol.

Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A bill proposed by a Missouri state senator would close a number of lawmaker emails and other records from public access.

Sen. Ed Emery on Tuesday pitched the bill to a Senate committee.

The Lamar Republican's proposal comes after voters in November approved a constitutional amendment that made lawmaker records subject to the Sunshine Law. That law allows the public access to government records.

Emery's bill would close any lawmaker record related to a constituent. It also would block access to any record with information on proposed legislation or the "legislative process."

Emery says the bill would protect constituents' privacy.

Missouri Press Association Executive Director Mark Maassen told the Senate Committee on Government Reform that he's not sure what lawmaker records would be left open if Emery's bill becomes law.