Missouri governor vetoes public records bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has vetoed a bill that would have limited public access to certain government records. Parson vetoed the bill Friday. The measure would have allowed Missouri government agencies to close off public access to people’s addresses and phone numbers provided for mailing lists. More broadly, the bill would give a 30-day deadline for people to pay once they receive a bill for the estimated cost to get public records, although requests could be resubmitted. Parson says a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling prevents government agencies from basing access to public records on when fees are paid.

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