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  MO Gov. Blunt: We follow e-mail sunshine laws
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Last EditedChronicler  Nov 02, 2007 04:12pm
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MediaNewspaper - St. Louis Post Dispatch
News DateFriday, November 2, 2007 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBlunt says his staff follows the Sunshine Law
By Jo Mannies

Gov. Matt Blunt insisted on Thursday that his staff complies with Missouri's open-records law when it comes to office e-mails.

During an appearance in Bridgeton, he responded to questions about his staff members deleting e-mails and accusations that they may be destroying vital public records.

He said e-mails deemed public records by his staff are "translated to written documents" and then "filed and archived." Those records, he said, are "most accessible to the public."

When asked how his staff determines which e-mails are saved and which are deleted, Blunt said, "Our policy is to follow the Sunshine Law. That's the policy. That's it."

The Sunshine Law, however, stipulates only which records must be made available to the public. It does not say how long they must be kept.

A separate state law lays out record-storage requirements, detailing how long state offices are to archive various types of records, paper or electronic. Some are supposed to be kept for three years.
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