Blunt Staff Acknowledges Purging E-Mails

1 decade 1 year 7 months ago Friday, September 14 2007 Sep 14, 2007 Friday, September 14, 2007 1:39:27 PM CDT September 14, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Friday that staff members for Governor Blunt do not consider electronic communications to be public record and routinely purge e-mails from the state system. The Republican governor's office declined to discuss in detail what e-mails are being purged, how often or why. Spokeswoman Jessica Robinson says e-mails are not generally retained for very long. The practice of eliminating them may run counter to a provision of state law that says many correspondences and interoffice memos from state officials must be saved for up to three years. Many legal experts consider e-mails sent on government systems to be public under Missouri's "Sunshine Law." But Blunt's office disputes that e-mails are public record.

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