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Missouri House Approves Open Records Measure

Posted: Feb 14, 2013 11:02 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Feb 14, 2013 1:15 PM

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House has approved legislation that would renew expired security exemptions to the open meetings and records law.

Two exemptions expired at the end of 2012.

One covered guidelines and policies developed by law enforcement, public safety, first response or public health authorities for preventing and responding to terrorism incidents. The second dealt with security systems and structural plans for property owned or leased by a government agency. It included information submitted by private entities for governmental agencies to develop plans for protecting infrastructure.

House member Caleb Jones, a Republican from California, Mo., says the loss of the exemptions means school evacuation plans can be viewed. Under his legislation, security exemptions would be permanent.

House members approved the measure 148-3, and it now goes to the Senate.

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