Missouri lawmakers claim they’re exempt from the Sunshine Law

When he first became chief clerk of the Missouri House in 2006, Adam Crumbliss’ view of Missouri’s Sunshine Law likely wasn’t much different than most.

“Legislators are part of government,” he said. “Government records are open. So I assumed legislative records should be open.”

Over time, as he’s studied the issue further, his opinion evolved.

He eventually came around to the interpretation championed by the House and Senate for years: The Missouri Sunshine Law, designed to cast light onto the workings of government, doesn’t apply to individual state representatives and senators or their staff. Continue…