A pending Missouri bill would put a pause on open-records requests when public agencies are closed.
House members voted 149-1 in favor of the bill Thursday. It now goes to the state Senate for consideration. An amendment added to the bill last week would exempt closed government agencies from the three-day response deadline for Sunshine law requests.
Amendment sponsor Rep. Tony Lovasco says legislative staff had to to come to the Capitol to check for mailed-in public record requests last summer. But the bill would also allow lawmakers to close their offices for months and delay answering record requests.