This is Sunshine Week. It’s a national observance by the media to point to the importance of openness in government at all levels. This is the 40th anniversary of Missouri’s Sunshine Law.
Experience has proven that it is a never-ending battle to uphold Missouri’s Sunshine Law since there is a constant turnover in faces who represent us in government at the local, state and federal levels. It’s an educational more so than a legal battle that must be waged, usually, because of our ever-changing officials. Sunshine Week is one of the attacks in the battle.
Senate Bill 1 was passed in 1973. It created an Open Meetings and Open Records Law that put Missouri at the forefront of the national movement to open meetings and records.