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St. Louis launches web portal for public records requests

St. Louis launches web portal for public records requests

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ST. LOUIS • The city has launched a web portal through which the public may request public records.

Cathy Smentkowski, a city public information officer, said requesters will get an official response within three days from Diedra Weaver, the city's custodian of records.

It's not clear if Weaver's "three-day response" would be an automatic reply acknowledging receipt the public records request or if it would include requested documents.

The site allows users to detail requests, direct them to certain city departments and upload additional documents or a formal request letter.

The Sunshine Law, Missouri's open records law, requires governments to respond to a request for access within three days. The law lays out three valid responses: the public agency can provide the records on time; it can deny the request and cite the part of the law that allows records to be kept confidential, or it can explain why more than three days are needed and provide a date and time the records would be ready.

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