Missouri has over $100,000 in legal fees for violating Sunshine Law

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is on the hook for nearly $138,000 in legal fees and expenses after an appeals court upheld a ruling that the state knowingly violated the open records law.

The Missouri Court of Appeals has determined that the state ran afoul of the Sunshine Law when the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services sought to charge a genealogy research group nearly $1.5 million for state birth and death records dating to 1910.

The dispute stems from open records request in early 2016 by Reclaim the Records, a California-based nonprofit whose mission is to make public records available online for genealogical and historical researchers.

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