Missouri: Legal fight rages on over coroner’s inquest into teenager’s death

FAYETTE — The Missouri Supreme Court could be tasked with interpreting the state’s open record laws, Judge Scott Hayes of the 14th Judicial Circuit Court said on Wednesday. The legal question at hand is whether or not Howard County Coroner Frank Flaspohler is considered a law enforcement officer under the Sunshine Law. If Flaspohler’s office is…

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Missouri AG: city council’s last-minute budget cut did not violate Sunshine Law

CLAYTON  — The St. Louis County Council did not violate state’s open-meetings law in December by filing last-minute legislation that cut $31 million from the county budget, the Missouri attorney general’s office said. The ruling came in response to a complaint from local government watchdog Tom Sullivan, of University City, who filed the complaint because the Missouri…

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MO: Gov. Greitens’ Sunshine Law attorney, who used self-destructing text app Confide, leaves job

JEFFERSON CITY — The attorney handling open records requests for Gov. Eric Greitens has left the governor’s office for another position within Missouri government.  Special counsel Sarah Madden said Wednesday in an automatic email reply that she stopped fielding Sunshine Law requests for Greitens’ office April 26. Two weeks prior, the News-Leader reported that Madden…

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MO: AG Hawley investigating Gov. Greitens’ use of Facebook, other social media

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is launching another Sunshine Law investigation into fellow Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, this one centered on the governor’s use of social media. Hawley’s office had previously agreed with Greitens that his social media accounts were private, telling the Star in February that it would not require Greitens to turn…

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Missouri Sunshine Law would get stronger enforcement under new bill

JEFFERSON CITY— The Sunshine Law, Missouri’s open records law, could be getting a big boost through legislation discussed Monday in a state House hearing. Missouri would join at least 15 other states in creating an official division that would not only enforce open records laws more strongly, but also provide guidance to the public and…

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Missouri lawmaker seeks investigation into Hawley’s disclosure of records under Sunshine Law

JEFFERSON CITY — A Democratic state senator is asking the Missouri auditor to investigate whether public records generated by Attorney General Josh Hawley were properly disclosed under the state’s Sunshine Law. At issue are records from Hawley’s time in office and his tenure as a professor at the University of Missouri. Sen. Scott Sifton, a…

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Editorial: Effort to strengthen Missouri’s open records and meetings laws deserves Legislature’s action

Violating Missouri’s public records and Sunshine Laws could become more expensive, and even bring criminal penalties, if legislation introduced in the Missouri House last week passes. We hope it does, but the odds against passage appear to be long. Bills introduced this late in the legislative session have a hard time getting committee votes and…

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Missouri AG Proposes Penalty for Violating Records Retention Law

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is urging lawmakers to make three major changes to how the state enforces its public records laws: ·  First, he’s proposing to create a new division within his office that would have independence when investigating state violators of the Sunshine Law, Missouri’s open records law. ·   Hawley is asking…

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