Open Records

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Bruce Sommer, who formerly oversaw operations at the America’s Center, has resigned as a member of the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority Board because of a dispute over open records.

Sommer sent a letter this week to the authority’s board president, Jim Shrewsbury, saying he was upset over the repeated delays by the city’s Convention and Visitors Commission in fulfilling his request for a copy of its budget.

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The Missouri House and Senate have each approved measures that would renew expired security exemptions to the open meetings and records law.

Both chambers voted Thursday to shield public buildings' security plans and law enforcement guidelines for terrorism incidents from public records requests. The two exemptions expired at the end of 2012.  State Representative Vicki Englund (D, Tesson) says the legislation will help protect children while at school.