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Blunt says not all emails for public record

Gov. Matt Blunt.

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt says some of his staff's emails could be considered public record but not all.

But the governor also said Thursday his office does not have a policy to determine exactly which emails should be public.

The question re-surfaced this week when lawyer Scott Eckersley claimed he was fired for disagreeing with the policy of deleting emails.

The governor denies the claims... and instead says Eckersley was fired for doing personal work on state time.

As for emails, the governor would only say that his office's policy is to follow the state's Sunshine law...

"Most emails that are public records are translated into written documents," Blunt said. "So that really becomes the one that's file, archived, and most accessible to the public."

State law requires some documents to be kept for the state archives, but others can be destroyed after a certain amount of time.


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