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June 9, 2016The 2016 session of the Missouri General Assembly closed at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13 UPDATED

Access to records maintained by public governmental bodies took a hit in the 2016 legislative session. New laws, if signed by Governor Nixon, will limit public access to police videos, some voluntary agricultural data, and crime scene photographs.  Most bills that were approved become effective on August 28, 2016, unless noted. A total of 148 bills were passed this session.

There were a few brushes where defense by MPA came into play with bills attempting to limit public records and limit public notices published in newspapers.

 A bill to close police records related to incidents of suicide and attempted suicide did not pass (HB 2473, sponsored by Rep. Genise Montecillo).

A bill to close the names of Missouri Lottery winners did not pass (HB 2422, sponsored by Rep. Jeremy LaFaver).

A bill to close certain records in County Assessors’ offices did not pass (HB 1956, sponsored by Rep. Dean Dohrman).


May 18, 2015Roundup of Legislation, including MPA-related bills

The Missouri General Assembly adjourned Friday, May 15, after a bizarre session that began January 7.

The year 2015 will be remembered in Jefferson City for opening day in the Missouri Senate when Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was forced to delay the proceedings as a large, vocal group of protesters caused havoc and ultimately was escorted from the galleries by law enforcement. Members of the group held signs and chanted for expansion of Medicaid and called for action in wake of the riots last summer in Ferguson, Mo.

2015 will also be remembered as the year State Auditor Tom Schweich and his public information assistant Spence Jackson died as a result of separate suicides, when then-Speaker of the House, John Diehl, resigned in disgrace on the last day of the session and was replaced by new Speaker of the House Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), when passage of a Right-To-Work bill shut down the Missouri Senate for much of the last week of the session, and when dozens of bills were introduced, relating to the tragedy last summer in Ferguson, but did not cross the finish line. Below is a list of how some major legislation fared in the Missouri Legislature, with thanks to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and its reporters Alex Stuckey and Virginia Young.

A few bills, ... continued

April 24, 2015Missouri Senate: Don't Shut Down Police Video

April 24, 2015

TO:  Missouri Press Association members

FROM:  Doug Crews, Executive Director

RE:  HCS HB 762

Please contact your State Senator(s) in Jefferson City!  

With three weeks until the legislative session ends May 15, MPA anticipates a full-court press by law enforcement to pass HCS HB 762, a bill to restrict police video from public access.  

Changes are needed to this bill.  For instance, police videos should be considered "investigation records" not "closed records."

Contact your State Senator(s)!  You can be sure local police chiefs, county sheriffs, their staff, and others in favor of shutting down police video are contacting their State Senator(s).

Below are some talking points newspapers may use when you contact your State Senator(s).  

Please report any feedback from Senators to  dcrews@socket.net .  Thank you.
Missouri Senate:  Don't Shut Down Police Video

Attention will now focus on the Missouri Senate in Jefferson City as it considers House Committee Substitute for House Bill 762 (HCS HB 762), legislation that would for the most part close all video recorded with police ... continued

April 3, 2015MPA Legislative Update from Doug Crews, MPA - April 3, 2015

MPA Legislative Update from Doug Crews, MPA

Police body camera and dashboard camera video access
House Bill 762 was approved, 10-0, by the House Select State and Local Governments Committee on April 2, in Jefferson City.

HCS HB 762 includes language to allow police body camera and dash board camera video to be available to the public upon court order, and those persons or entities requesting such records can only be responsible for costs associated with their own attorney fees and not those fee of the public body.

HCS HB 762 is an improvement over the original bill's version, but the prospect of going to court every time to obtain a police video will present a challenge to the news media and other citizens.

The original bill, filed by Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph), would have closed police video to the public.

While the substitute bill is better, Missouri Press Association prefers the version in Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 331. SCS SB 331 would make police video "investigative records." SCS SB 331 has stalled out in the Senate after receiving some floor debate on March 25.

There are six weeks ... continued


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Tuesday October 25th

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Monday October 24th

All Missourians are encouraged to help select the design of a new automobile license plate, which will be out in time for the Show-Me State’s bicentennial in 2021. Options for the plate design will be presented at four public hearings across the state, including the following: — October 25 at the MoDOT Transportation Management Center (14301 South Outer 40 Road, Town and Country, MO 63017), phone 314. Link

Thursday October 20th

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Wednesday October 26th


McClatchy Strategy: Go Big and Small to Create ‘Moments’ With Each Reader | https://t.co/fcucb2ghso via @streetfightmag
Tuesday October 25th


Missourians invited to help select bicentennial license plate | https://t.co/9K7NPcnbO7
Monday October 24th


Rural postal service remains essential | https://t.co/QylwKmifrX via @townnews
Thursday October 20th