Missouri high court sends Sunshine Law case to appeals court

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court has sent a challenge to the Senate’s video-recording rules down to a lower court for consideration.

The move by the high court comes a week after it heard arguments in the case brought by the liberal activist group Progress Missouri. The group contends the Senate is violating the Sunshine Law by allowing committee chairmen to limit videos and photos during their meetings.

A Cole County judge had dismissed the lawsuit last year, citing the Senate’s constitutional power to set its own rules.

The Supreme Court said in an order dated Tuesday that it could not consider the appeal because it wasn’t challenging the constitutionality of the Sunshine Law. The court said the case must first be considered by the Western District state Court of Appeals.

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