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.