Sunshine And the Senate

(AP) – Missouri Supreme Court judges, who restrict recordings of their proceedings, heard arguments Wednesday from a liberal activist group asserting that similar recording limitations by senators violate the state’s open-meetings law.

A state attorney countered that senators can limit videos and photographs of their committee meetings because Senate rules supersede the Sunshine Law.

Looking around the courtroom, Deputy Solicitor General Jeremiah Morgan pointed out that there was just one video cameraman, one still photographer and one broadcast audio recorder allowed under the Supreme Court’s rules.

“This court also – just like Congress, just like other states – provides limitations, and that does not violate the constitution,” Morgan said.

An attorney for Progress Missouri conceded that the Sunshine Law doesn’t apply to court proceedings but said it should apply to the Senate.

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