Cole County judge holds hearing in Sunshine lawsuit
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri judge has given an advocacy group and state lawyers 10 days to file orders in a lawsuit that challenges restrictions on filming Missouri Senate committee hearings.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem on Friday held the first hearing on the lawsuit brought by Progress Missouri, which alleges decisions by Senate committee chairmen to prohibit filming by the group violates the state's Sunshine Law.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that Jeremiah Morgan, Missouri's deputy solicitor general, said the case should be dismissed because the state Constitution gives the Senate authority "to determine the rules of its own proceedings."
Christopher Grant, representing Progress Missouri, contends the Senate must comply with the Open Meetings law that says public entities "shall allow for the recording" of any open meeting.