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Missouri House looks at variety of Sunshine Law bills

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

Sponsored by Jake Zimmerman, D-Olivette

Jan. 28: Read for the second time. Not yet assigned to committee.

Would revise the definition of "public governmental body" as it relates to the Sunshine Law to include certain public officials and state employees.

Sponsored by Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart

Jan. 25: Read for the second time. Not yet assigned to committee.

Would prohibit any law enforcement agency from disclosing the name of any officer  involved in firing a weapon in a police shooting unless the officer has been charged with a crime.

Jan. 20: Read for the second time. Not yet assigned to committee.

Sponsored by Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City

A record would be excluded from the provisions of the law if it is not created or maintained by a public governmental body.

Feb. 3: Referred to Special Standing Committee on general laws.

Feb. 23: Public hearing completed.

Sponsored by Timothy Jone, R-Eureka

All records of the Missouri Ethics Commission would be open records, except investigative reports regarding complaints, until a decision is rendered. 

Only members of a public governmental body, their attorneys, staff assistants and any necessary witnesses would be permitted in any closed meeting of said body.

Jan. 7: Read for the second time. Not yet assigned to committee.

Sponsored by Sara Lampe, D-Springfield

Would create a presumption in law that any meeting, record or vote in any legal proceeding is open to the public with the burden on the governmental body or member of the body to prove that it should be closed to the public

Would increase the civil penalty for a violation.

Jan. 25: Read for the second time and referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

Sponsored by Wes Shoemyer, D-Clarence

Would exempt personally-identifiable information used in voluntary disaster or emergency response registries from open records law.


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