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Judge blocks law over officials' addresses from taking effect


Jefferson City, MO – A judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a law from taking effect this weekend that would bar the posting online of public officials' addresses and phone numbers without their consent.

A lawsuit, also filed Wendesday, claims the law illegally imposes an unfunded mandate on local governments because someone would have to go online to remove that information. The suit also says the measure limits access to public information.

Governor Matt Blunt signed the measure into law this year but urged governments to ignore it (he signed it because the language was part of a big piece of legislation that made a number of changes in various aspects of state government).

Legislators are expected to repeal it next month during a special session Blunt has called.

Another court hearing is scheduled for today (Thursday).