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Lawyer Sues Missouri House Over Its Public Records Rule

Oct 25, 2019
Missouri's Capitol Building in 2017.
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An attorney filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming the Missouri House acted unconstitutionally by blocking public access to some lawmaker records.

Sunshine and Government Accountability Project founder Mark Pedroli sued over a new internal House rule that allows lawmakers to shield constituent records and party strategy from the public, The Kansas City Star reported.

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A Missouri judge ruled former Gov. Eric Greitens’ use of the disappearing chat app Confide did not violate the state’s Sunshine Law because it functions similarly to a telephone. But does it?

Columbia Portal Gives Public Instant Access To Financial Records

Aug 31, 2018

The public will be able to examine the payroll data of every city of Columbia employee, along with other city financial records, when a Citizen Transparency website goes live.

City Manager Mike Matthes sent an email to employees earlier this week alerting them to the site and allowing them to check it out in advance and ask any questions.

The module is intended to make financial information more accessible, said Steven Sapp, city community relations director.

Judge Rules Against CPOA In Second Count Of Suit On Sunshine Law

Aug 10, 2018

A judge ruled Thursday afternoon that the city of Columbia did not overcharge for a records request submitted by the Columbia Police Officers’ Association.

Thursday’s case focused on whether the city violated the Missouri Sunshine Law by charging the CPOA $966.22 for a copy of emails exchanged between Chief of Police Ken Burton and Deputy Chief Jill Schlude.

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State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Tuesday released details of a test her office recently conducted on how cities, counties, water districts, fire protection districts and other governing bodies respond to Sunshine Law requests.

She had employees send Sunshine requests to more than 300 local governments. The letters were "in plain form" (not office letterhead) and prepared in a way citizens might request public information. None of the letter writers identified themselves as employees of the state auditor's office.

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Three of Missouri's top four lawmakers are claiming they are exempt from having to release their emails and daily calendars under the Missouri Sunshine Law.

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  A Missouri law professor and Republican candidate for attorney general has argued his emails and other work documents aren't subject to state open records laws. 


  A new report from the state auditor's office shows the Joplin School District has taken steps to better comply with the state's open meetings law.

Attorney General's Office

The state's attorney general will defend the Missouri Senate in a lawsuit filed by a liberal advocacy group over alleged violations of the state's open records law.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office said Monday in a statement the office would provide legal counsel in the case involving administration of official Senate business.

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A measure allowing Missouri lawmakers to hire defense attorneys for lawsuits is moving forward.