Judge to Determine Whether St. Louis Convention Bureau Must Release Dome Plans

A welcome development from St. Louis: a newspaper taking a secretive body to court.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission and the Post-Dispatch both filed lawsuits on Wednesday, presenting divergent arguments about records related to Dome renovations and what role public debate should have in the process.

The CVC, a public agency that operates the Dome, sought a judge’s ruling on its obligation to comply with Post-Dispatch requests for copies of the Rams’ plan and other documents. In a countersuit filed hours later, the Post-Dispatch sought a court order requiring the CVC to turn over the documents.

…The Post-Dispatch maintains that the public has a right to stay informed of a project involving public money and a publicly owned building that taxpayers are still paying for.

The Post-Dispatch maintains that none of the Sunshine Law exemptions apply to the CVC and Rams proposals because they pertain specifically to a lease that is already an effective contract.

“It’s simple, really,” Robbins said. “The CVC is a public governmental body funded by public funds. It is negotiating improvements for a publicly owned stadium that likely will involve public funds.”