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Representative Gina Mitten (D) [2019 file photo].

A bill, introduced on Friday:

HB 1254
Modifies provisions relating to electronic public records
Sponsor: Mitten, Gina (083)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2019
LR Number: 2479H.01I
Last Action: 03/01/2019 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)
Bill String: HB 1254
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: HOUSE BILLS FOR SECOND READING

Some of the bill text [pdf]:

[….]
Section A. Section 610.025, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu 2 thereof, to be known as section 610.025, to read as follows:

610.025. 1. Any elected or appointed member of a public governmental body or any staff member or employee of the public governmental body who transmits any message relating to public business by electronic means shall also concurrently transmit that message to the custodian of records for the public governmental body in the same format. Any such message received by the custodian shall be a public record subject to the exceptions of section 610.021.

2. No elected or appointed member of a public governmental body or any staff member or employee of the public governmental body shall download or use software designed to send encrypted messages by electronic means that automatically self-destruct on any communication device purchased with public moneys; except that, nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit the downloading or use of such software by law enforcement officers for purposes of conducting undercover investigations.

3. No elected or appointed member of a public governmental body or any staff member or employee of the public governmental body shall use software designed to send encrypted messages by electronic means that automatically self-destruct to conduct public business on any personally owned electronic device.

4. Any individual who knowingly or purposely violates this section shall only be held individually liable under section 610.027. A staff member or employee of a public governmental body shall be treated as a member of the public governmental body under section 610.027 only for purposes of determining the appropriate penalty for violation of this section.

Well, Josh?