Senate votes to keep sensitive documents private

Thursday, February 28, 2008 | 3:57 p.m. CST; updated 6:46 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers voted Thursday to keep some public safety and utility documents closed to the public.

After the Sept. 11 attacks, Missouri created new exceptions to its open-records law out of fear that terrorists could access sensitive information.

State lawmakers closed records detailing security systems and structural plans for public buildings. They also closed similar records submitted to the state by private utilities.

Additionally, lawmakers closed law enforcement and public health records describing their policies for responding to or preventing dangerous situations.

Those closed-record provisions are due to expire at the end of 2008.

A bill passed Thursday by the Senate would keep them closed through 2012. The legislation now goes to the House.

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