Media Law

HB 118 / HB 180 / HB 332 / HB 377 – Sunshine Law. Changes the laws regarding the Open Meetings and Re­cords Law to allow certain meetings and records regarding policies, security systems, and structural plans regarding any terrorist or public safety or health incident to be closed.

HCS HBs 256, 33 & 305 – Sunshine Law. Extends the expiration date of certain provisions of the Open Meetings and Records Law. Includes provisions similar to HB 118 and HB 180, and also specifies that any records or flight logs pertaining to a flight or request for a flight, after the flight has occurred, by an elected member of the Execu­tive or Legislative branch, must be an open public record.

HB 330 / SB 273 – Crime scene photographs. Requires specified crime scene photographs and video recordings to be considered closed records and not subject to disclosure under the Open Meetings and Records Law.

HB 492 – Sunshine Law. Changes the laws regarding the Open Meetings and Records Law, commonly known as the Sunshine Law, on records or documents involving law enforcement officers, including allowing the closing of any records regarding internal investigations by law enforcement agencies into the fitness and conduct of a law enforcement officer or any record regarding a law en­forcement officer’s employment status; allows the closing of any record regarding a police shooting if it contains the name of the officer who did the shooting, unless the officer has been charged with a crime as a result of a shooting; prohibits any law enforcement agency from disclosing the name of any officer who was the shooter or one of the shooters involved in a police shooting unless the officer has been charged with a crime as a result of the shooting.

HB 600 / SB 122 / SB 139 / SB 170 – Sunshine Law. Ex­tends the expiration date for the closure of certain records, meetings and votes relating to operational guidelines and security systems to December 31, 2017. Among other provisions, requires a public governmental body to have received evidence that a lawsuit has been filed or have correspondence from a party stating that litigation will be filed under certain circumstances before it closes meet­ings, records and votes due to “a cause of action”; requires that only members of a public governmental body, their attorney and staff assistants, and any other person neces­sary to provide information needed by or requested by the public governmental body with regard to the matter being discussed is permitted in a closed meeting.


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  • HS - House Substitute
  • HJR - House Joint Resolution
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  • SCS - Senate Committee Substitute
  • SS - Senate Substitute
  • SJR - Senate Joint Resolution
  • * - Missouri Bar Committee-Drafted Legislation

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