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Mon Jan 24, 2022, 10:40 AM

Legislature, Governor could revise Missouri's Sunshine Law

JEFFERSON CITY — For nearly half-a-century, Missouri’s Sunshine Law has allowed ordinary folks to keep an eye on public officials, from schools city councils to the State Capitol. But now, a report from the Missouri Independent says Governor Mike Parson's office wants to revise several aspects of that, and the role of watchdog could come with a hefty fee.

From the average Missourian to the Missouri Attorney General, requests for records under the Sunshine Law have allowed individuals to monitor the goings-on of government. Journalists request records under the Sunshine Law frequently, to help get a clearer picture on how public officials operate.

“The goal is government transparency," Sandra Davidson, a media lawyer and a University of Missouri law professor, said. “We have pretty good statutes in the state of Missouri.”

Somewhat ironically following an open records request, the Independent obtained a slide from a presentation from the Governor’s Office last November.


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