Talking Politics
6:10 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Worried about concealed carry? Well, the government can share other stuff about you, too

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This week on the show: what information does the government have about you… and how is it using it? Plus, hundreds of MU faculty members finally get a vote.

In the ongoing saga over the state providing federal investigators with a list of all the concealed carry permit holders in the state, the fallout continues. Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer of Columbia says Missouri’s Division of Motor Vehicles will remain unfunded in proposals for next year’s state budget unless the Nixon Administration cooperates with his committee’s investigation into the matter. The Director of the Department of Revenue resigned just over a week ago amid the controversy over the closed records.

Meantime, a Missouri House panel has endorsed legislation making it illegal to share the list of concealed weapons permit holders in the state. The bill endorsed Monday by a House committee would also free license office clerks from legal liability if they were sued for following department rules.

Here’s a thought, though. Even if that went into place, let’s say the federal government did want to find out who has guns in Missouri. Under state law, the feds could still easily get a list of Missouri hunting permits, including personal identifying information on those permits. So that’d be a decent lead for the feds. And of course, there’s a trove of other personal information that Missourians give to the government, which can legally be used in a number of ways, by governments and the public.

This week we decided to look further into the state statutes that determine what personal information is public and shareable, and what information isn’t. KBIA’s Alexandra Olgin has the story.

Last month, University of Missouri faculty voted to give Non-Tenure Track faculty members the right to vote at Faculty Council meetings and in campus-wide elections. At MU over the past few years, there has been an increase of Non Tenure Track faculty, or NTTs, while the percentage of tenure track members has slowly declined. But that’s not unique, the New York Times reports in the last few decades colleges across the country have been hiring more NTTs. KBIA’s Tony Nochim tells us more about the differences between NTTs and tenure track teachers, and this hiring change taking place.

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