Senate bill would close some Missouri lawmaker records

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A bill proposed by a Missouri state senator would close a number of lawmaker emails and other records from public access.

Sen. Ed Emery on Tuesday pitched the bill to a Senate committee.

The Lamar Republican’s proposal comes after voters in November approved a constitutional amendment that made lawmaker records subject to the Sunshine Law. That law allows public access to government records.

Emery’s bill would close any lawmaker record related to a constituent. It also would block access to any record with information on proposed legislation or the “legislative process.”

Emery says the bill would protect constituents’ privacy.

Missouri Press Association Executive Director Mark Maassen told the Senate Committee on Government Reform that he’s not sure what lawmaker records would be left open if Emery’s bill becomes law.

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