A Cole County judge has dismissed the lawsuit alleging the state Senate was violating Missouri’s open records and meetings law.
The suit accused the Senate and three senators of violating the sunshine law by keeping Progress Missouri from videotaping some Senate hearings. The Senate countered that the state Constitution gives it the authority to set rules for its hearings, including rules to control who records.
Cole County Judge Jon Beetem said the Senate is operating within the powers granted to it by the state Constitution, and it is up to the courts to protect that authority.
Beetem further said there is no right granted by the U.S. Constitution for a public entity to record or photograph open government meetings.
Progress Missouri is considering whether to appeal the ruling.
Credit – Missourinet