Nixon Administration Refuses to Commit to Open-Records Request

5 years 5 months 1 week ago Wednesday, May 08 2013 May 8, 2013 Wednesday, May 08, 2013 4:48:00 PM CDT May 08, 2013 in News
By: Garrett Bergquist

JEFFERSON CITY - Commissioner of Administration Doug Nelson refused to say Wednesday whether his office would honor reporters' open-records requests, despite his office sending similar requests to the Missouri House of Representatives.

Nelson said during a news conference it was government's responsibility to be transparent to the media and to the public. During the news conference, Columbia Daily Tribune reporter Rudi Keller handed Nelson an open-records request asking OA for records on IP traffic between that office and Gov. Nixon's office. When reporters pressed Nelson on whether he would consider honoring such a request, Nelson said only, "We would have to review that request." He did not elaborate further despite repeated questioning by reporters.

The Office of Administration is asking the house to release computer records to show who tried to access a database containing a list of all of Missouri's concealed-carry permit holders. Someone tried repeatedly to access that database from a house of representatives IP address on May 2, a day after the information about that database was released from a subpoenaed document. The house has refused to release such records, citing legislative privilege, and in turn filed a request with the Office of Administration to release computer logs from May 2 during the time the breach occurred. Nelson said his office had complied with that request.

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