Update: Missouri lawmakers vote to close records

1 year 1 month 1 week ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:30:00 AM CST January 15, 2019 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri House members will have the option to make some of their emails confidential, despite a voter-approved requirement that made their work records open to the public.

House members in a voice vote approved the change Tuesday as part of a broader package of internal House rules.

Republican House Majority Leader Rob Vescovo originally proposed making lawmakers' records on party strategy and correspondence with constituents confidential.

But Republican Rep. Nick Schroer on Tuesday recommended giving individual lawmakers the discretion to close those records or leave them open.

Missouri voters in November overwhelmingly approved Constitutional Amendment 1, which added lawmakers to a long list of taxpayer-paid officials subject to the state's open-records law. The law gives the public access to government records.

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