Sunday, March 13, 2005
Missouri Citizens Have Too Much Power, Missouri Legislator Determines

Bill would forbid ‘harassing' requests for documents:
    A bill introduced last month in the Missouri House would, if approved, allow government officials to reject so-called harassing requests for public documents.

    But a loose definition of the bill's wording by government officials who process the requests could hurt even well-intentioned residents, some say.

    House Bill 391, the proposed change to Missouri's Sunshine Law, would allow a public governmental body to refuse any "vexatious" request for documents.

    The bill defines a vexatious request as "any request for documents which is frivolous, repetitive or unreasonable and made for the primary purpose of harassing a public governmental body or any member of a governmental body."
In other words, any requests by citizens who oppose the goings on on the government.
    The bill's sponsor, Shannon Cooper, R-Clinton, did not return repeated phone calls from the Journal for this story.
Of course not. The whole point is that the plebes cannot understand the subtleties of ruling them, so why confuse them with information or argument?

To say Noggle, one first must be able to say the "Nah."