Talking Politics: Petition initiatives and sunshine laws

Apr 16, 2014

Initiative petitions touching on 19 different issues are circulating right now to get on the ballot in November. They range from allowing early voting to eliminating teacher tenure. Signature gatherers are out, clipboards in hand, to get the thousands of signatures necessary by May 4. The catch is this: Most of these initiatives won’t make it on the ballot. KBIA's Justin Paprocki found out just what it takes to get an issue on the ballot.

Also on this edition of Talking Politics, ​Missouri's open records law, or the sunshine law, applies to the Missouri House and Senate, as it does to all public governmental bodies. But the law won't help you if you're trying to get records from individual lawmakers—say, email correspondence from your state Senator. KBIA's Katarina Sostaric spoke with former Democratic legislator Jake Zimmerman about why he believes the sunshine law should apply to individual legislators.