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January 16, 2017Missouri legislation could include major problems for public notices

Two bills filed in the Missouri Senate and one in the House of Representatives would affect public notices printed in newspapers, if the legislation is passed by the General Assembly and signed by incoming Governor Eric Greitens. State legislators have gathered in Jefferson City, beginning January 4, for their 2017 legislative session.

Senate Bill 47, sponsored by Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff), would allow the Secretary of State’s office to establish a statewide web site where public notices would be posted, rather than in local newspapers.

Senate Bill 159, sponsored by Sen. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield), would allow foreclosure notices to be posted on web sites, rather than in local newspapers.

House Bill 428, sponsored by Rep. Robert Cornejo (R-St. Charles), is similar to SB 159.

Each bill is troubling for newspapers and for the public. The traditional practice, recognized by the courts, of printing public notices in Missouri newspapers allows for an independent third party (the newspaper, not a government or ... continued



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).

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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

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