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Lawmakers Consider Hiring Defense Attorneys for Lawsuits

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Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.

A measure allowing Missouri lawmakers to hire defense attorneys for lawsuits is moving forward.

The Missouri Senate gave initial approval today to a measure that was modified in response to a lawsuit filed by a liberal advocacy group against the Senate and three senators over alleged violations of the state's open records law.

The lawsuit by Progress Missouri says the some Senate committee chairman have violated the Missouri Sunshine Law by barring the group from filming hearings.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says they are waiting to hear back from the state's attorney general on a defense.

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