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8:40 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Let The Sunshine In: Missouri Law On Open Records Lacks Teeth, Critics Say

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 11:58 am

Sunday was the start of "Sunshine Week," a time to celebrate the idea of open government and open records. But in Missouri, you might want to hold off on popping the champagne.

Missouri's sunshine law, which allows the public to ask government officials for things like emails, documents and other records, doesn't have much teeth.

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4:30 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Smaller financial penalty for those who break Missouri open government laws

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 Running afoul of Missouri's open government laws could carry a smaller financial penalty but no longer require proof the law was knowingly broken under legislation before a Senate committee.

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5:42 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Why government transparency is on the decline

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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5:45 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Nixon signs bill to restore open-records exemption

Credit Photo courtesy of the Office of Gov. Jay Nixon

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation shielding security plans for public buildings and schools from open-records requests.

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4:54 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Mo. Senate endorses Sunshine Law overhaul

Sunshine Law changes could cause more frequent penalties on violators
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Missouri's Senate has endorsed an overhaul of the state's open meetings and records law, commonly called the Sunshine Law.

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8:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Nixon urges renewal of some Sunshine Law exemptions

Gov. Jay Nixon has scheduled a news conference for today, looking at renewing some Sunshine Law exemptions.
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Gov. Jay Nixon is urging renewal of exemptions from Missouri's open records law for security systems of government buildings and policies for responding to terrorism.

The exemptions protecting such information from disclosure expired at the end of 2012.

Nixon has scheduled news conferences on the topic today at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Missouri State Highway Patrol General Headquarters in Jefferson City. Law enforcement and public school district officials are scheduled to take part.

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9:07 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Schweich blasts Missouri governments for not following Sunshine Laws

Auditor Tom Schweich says the state and local governments are routinely violating Missouri's open records and meetings law.

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