Advocacy group challenges Missouri Senate filming policy

3 years 6 months 3 days ago Wednesday, April 15 2015 Apr 15, 2015 Wednesday, April 15, 2015 2:25:45 PM CDT April 15, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A liberal Missouri advocacy group is challenging restrictions on its ability to film Missouri Senate committee meetings under the state's open records law.

Progress Missouri filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging decisions by Senate committee chairmen to prohibit filming by the group violates the state's Sunshine Law and infringes on its freedom of speech and association.

Executive director Sean Nicholson says some senators believe they are above the law.

Missouri's law allows public bodies to establish guidelines on recording to minimize disruption, but the suit says Progress Missouri's filming wouldn't have been disruptive.

The suit says some senators' policy allowing only members of a Capitol press group to film violates freedom of association by requiring Progress Missouri to join the group.

A Senate Majority Caucus spokeswoman said senators would not comment.

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