Missouri lawmakers close some farm records

2 years 2 months 1 day ago Wednesday, September 14 2016 Sep 14, 2016 Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:25:00 PM CDT September 14, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Latest on Missouri's legislative session to consider overriding gubernatorial vetoes

Missouri lawmakers have enacted a measure that will close some types of farm data from the state's open records laws.

The GOP-led Legislature on Wednesday voted to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the measure.

The House voted 111-46, and the Senate voted 23-7.

The measure will require state agencies to keep confidential the information collected for voluntary agricultural programs. That includes registration data for animal disease tracking programs.

Republican Sen. Brian Munzlinger says a goal is to encourage farmers to participate in state programs.

Opponents argued that those records should be open to the public to promote accountability.

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