Missouri Press Association opposes bill that would keep convicts’ records closed

The Missouri Press Association is opposing a bill awaiting Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature that would keep some court records closed.

The AP reports:

Director Doug Crews said the organization has asked Gov. Jay Nixon to veto the measure because it would close records that are important when employers and the public need to learn about someone’s background and character. The language in the measure that would expunge criminal records would apply to several crimes, including trespassing, peace disturbance and being drunk in church.

Crews says the association believes all court records should be open.

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