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Let the sun shine in?

May 8, 2000
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

More access to government was at stake in the Missouri House Monday. The House debated a bill on regulation of who can see certain documents and gain access governmental meetings.

From Jefferson City Renny MacKay has more about the Sunshine Law debate.

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The House passed Senator Joe Maxwell's Open Meetings bill Monday afternoon. A bill which the Senate already passed.

But, Representatives of the House did change the bill significantly. Not all of the changes are pleasing to Maxwell.

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Contents: The Senator says some of the changes weaken the bill and he will have to analyse the bill to see exactly what he will try and change.

The Senate still must approve the House's changes.

The most significant change in this proposal is an increase from the current five hundred dollar fine to 25 hundred dollars.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.


The Missouri House passed an Open Meetings bill Monday, but not before making significant changes to the bill from the Senate.

Renny MacKay has the story from Jefferson City.

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The House changed some of the language, closed access to documents of public hospitals not currently receiving public money, and dropped the fine for violators of the law.

The law is already on the books, but Senator Maxwell proposed a bill to change the law and got Representative Philip Smith to handle his bill in the House.

Smith says he wants the conference that will discuss the House's changes to get rid of several of them.

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Contents: He says it isn't his bill, but if it was he would kill it if the conference can't get rid of the changes.

The conference will meet in the next two days.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.


Date: May 8, 2000

By: Renny MacKay

State Capital Bureau

The University of Missouri Columbia is targetted by propenents of the Open Meetings bill.

Renny MacKay has more about why the school is a specific target.

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The House debated and passed a Senate bill to change Missouri's Open Meetings Law Monday. But, before they did, the University of Missouri-Columbia was targetted.

Representative Marsha Campbell, made an amendement to specify that M-U is subject to the law. This pleased the bill's sponsor, Senator Joe Maxwell.

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Contents: He says the school's arrogance in defying the law is part of the reason he wanted to change the existing law.

Maxwell says the school has paid the 500 dollar fine for violations instead of opening meetings or documents.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.