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17 June 2011

Mayer: Measure Addressing Production of Records Signed Into Law

JEFFERSON CITY – Legislation authorizing the use of subpoenas by the General Assembly, sponsored by Senate Leader Robert N. Mayer, R-Dexter, received the governor’s approval today. Senate Bill 68, starting Aug. 28, 2011, will allow the Senate President Pro Tem or the Speaker of the House to issue subpoenas, or a written order, requiring state agencies or other organizations to provide records they’ve failed to provide when previously requested.

“When making tough decisions on state spending or public policy, it’s important to have as much information as you can as a basis for your decision,” said Sen. Mayer. “That’s why I filed Senate Bill 68, which allows lawmakers to obtain the information necessary to verify what witnesses say during their testimony in committee, for example.”

The Senate has been working to provide greater transparency to Missourians. In addition to Sen. Mayer’s legislation, he also oversaw the Senate’s “Rebooting Government” hearings at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session.

“The Senate has worked to provide greater transparency and governmental accountability to Missouri taxpayers,” said Sen. Mayer. “My legislation goes hand-in-hand with the work of these ‘Rebooting Government’ panels in that it will lend greater oversight to other branches of government and the Legislature’s ability to root out inefficiencies in state government.”

For more information on Senate Bill 68 or other legislation Sen. Mayer filed this year, visit and click on the Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Bills link under the legislation tab.

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