St. Louis Public Radio News
4:06 pm
Tue March 4, 2003

Republicans Request Records of Governor's Office

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's Republican Party has filed open records requests with Governor Holden's office.

It's trying to get information about discussions over how state agencies should cooperate with lawmakers in budget talks.

A spokesman for the party says the Republicans want to know if Holden's administration is stonewalling legislators. They say many department directors have not responded to their requests to suggest cuts beyond what Holden has recommended.

The request came on the same day the State Auditor's office released a report, saying many bodies of government must do a better job complying with the state's open records law.

The report found state agencies that often wait six months before responding to requests for public information. State law gives those agencies three business days to answer those requests.

The audit suggests better educating officials, adding many don't know enough details of how the law works.