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Missouri auditor wades into fight over Governor Parson’s records

Gov. Mike Parson

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s Democratic auditor is asking the state’s attorney general to weigh in on whether Gov. Mike Parson broke the law by redacting records.

The Kansas City Star on Tuesday reported that Galloway said government “should not be in the business of finding ways to hide information from taxpayers.”

The newspaper has made multiple public record requests to the Republican governor in recent months. But Parson’s office has cited the First Amendment in redacting phone numbers, addresses and emails of private citizens who contacted the governor.

A Parson spokesman has argued that it’s an issue of free speech and that constituents wouldn’t contact elected officials if they believed that information might become public.

Parson’s office didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from the newspaper or The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Information from: The Kansas City Star

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