Mo. "Blue Book" could return in print

Jul 8, 2013

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The Missouri "Blue Book" is a page closer to marking its return to paper.

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that allows the secretary of state to provide an electronic copy of Missouri's official manual to a nonprofit organization. That group then can publish and sell the book in a paper format.

The official state manual, commonly known as the "Blue Book," had long been printed every two years — until a 2010 law barred its paper publication. The intent was to save about $1.7 million in costs.

State lawmakers, though, have since heard from people who still prefer a paper version over digital copies.

The "Blue Book" contains information about public officials and agencies, local governments, elections, political parties and other things.