by Josie Butler
The Senate Judiciary committee voted unanimously Monday, Feb. 4, to continue to authorize state and local government agencies to keep security plans confidential.
While the original exemption was designed to address government planning for potential terrorism acts, Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said his bill would allow school districts to keep evacuation plans and security systems confidential. This would mean that members of the press could not file open records requests under Missouri’s Sunshine Law for evacuation plans or security systems in schools.
Cole County Sheriff Greg White said his department fully supports the exceptions written into the bill. He said he believes that safety plans are just one reason for the exemption.