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Nixon Seeks Quick Reinstatement Of Sunshine Law Provisions

Brett Blume
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1/4/13-With a host of police officers and other public safety officials at his back, Governor Jay Nixon presents his case for reinstating exemptions to the Missouri Sunshine Law Friday at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

1/4/13-With a host of police officers and other public safety officials at his back, Governor Jay Nixon presents his case for reinstating exemptions to the Missouri Sunshine Law Friday at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Governor Jay Nixon is worried that exemptions to the Missouri Sunshine Law protecting security plans for police, hospitals and schools from public scrutiny expired at the end of 2012.

“For nearly a decade, the Missouri Sunshine Law has contained specific exemptions to prevent the public disclosure of safety and security procedures at facilities such as schools, courthouses, hospitals and power plants,” Nixon said Friday morning during a stop at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dozens of law enforcers stood behind Nixon during a mid-morning press conference.

Missouri Public Safety Director Jerry Lee, also present at the UMSL event, called reinstating the Sunshine Law exemptions the common-sense thing to do.

“These plans, if they were made available to the public through the Internet or whatever then people that would want to harm our citizens — be they students or even our public utilities — they’d have access to these plans and then they could plan whatever they wanted to do better,” Lee explained. “Right now these plans are secure and exempted from the Sunshine Law (pending it’s reinstatement).”

Governor Nixon is calling on the General Assembly to immediately pass an extension during the upcoming legislative session.

“These narrowly tailored exemptions prevent our open records law from being misused by those who could employ this information for the purposes of carrying out an attack against the public,” Nixon said. “I call on the General Assembly to work quickly to send a bill to my desk that reinstates these protections.”

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