St. Louis Public Radio News
8:35 am
Thu October 16, 2008

Blunt to provide old e-mails at no cost

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has agreed to provide old e-mails at no cost to several media outlets that sued his administration.

Under a settlement announced Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court, Blunt's administration is to provide free copies of records from the state's backup e-mail system to satisfy several Sunshine
Law requests.

The Associated Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Kansas
City Star had intervened in a lawsuit against Blunt brought by a pair of court-appointed attorneys looking into the e-mail retention practices in the governor's office.

The settlement applies only to the media requests.

Blunt's office originally sought to charge the AP more than $23,000 to retrieve and review the e-mail files, plus additional copying charges.