Sunshine law

World Series Tickets
10:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Judge Orders Release Of Internal Police Documents

(St. Louis Public Radio)

A second St. Louis judge has ruled that police officers have no right to expect that statements they make during internal investigations won’t be released to the public.

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Open Government
8:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Let The Sunshine In: Missouri Law On Open Records Lacks Teeth, Critics Say

Credit Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Sunday was the start of "Sunshine Week," a time to celebrate the idea of open government and open records. But in Missouri, you might want to hold off on popping the champagne.

Missouri's sunshine law, which allows the public to ask government officials for things like emails, documents and other records, doesn't have much teeth.

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St. Louis Police
4:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Case Over Police Discipline Records For Misuse Of World Series Tickets Continues

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on a patrol car.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

A long-running legal battle over whether records of  internal St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department investigations are subject to Missouri's Sunshine Law will continue for possibly another six months.

Here's a timeline of the case:

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Lethal Injection
5:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Governor Nixon: Europe Won't Block Missouri Executions

(via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

Governor Jay Nixon said Missouri will be moving forward with two executions later this year, in spite of objections from the American Civil Liberties Union and the European Union.

The executions could have a very real impact on hospitals throughout the United States, as the European Union considers possible export limits of the drug as part of its anti-capital punishment policies. Most propofol comes from Europe, where its leading manufacturer only wants it used for medical purposes.

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Sunshine Law exemptions
4:27 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Missouri House, Senate Approve Separate Open Records Bills

Flickr/Joe Buckingham

The Missouri House and Senate have each approved measures that would renew expired security exemptions to the open meetings and records law.


Both chambers voted Thursday to shield public buildings' security plans and law enforcement guidelines for terrorism incidents from public records requests. The two exemptions expired at the end of 2012.  State Representative Vicki Englund (D, Tesson) says the legislation will help protect children while at school.

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Nixon
2:31 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Nixon Pushes To Keep Security Plans Of Some Public Facilities Private

Gov. Jay Nixon, along with Missouri public safety director Jerry Lee and other law enforcement officials, pushes for the reinstatement of some exemptions to the state's Sunshine Law.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Jay Nixon is using his bully pulpit to push for the reinstatement of some exemptions to Missouri’s Sunshine Law.

The Democrat joined officers and commanders from several local police departments as well as school officials to ask lawmakers to make that a priority when they return to Jefferson City on Wednesday.

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Mo. House redistricting
8:29 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court hears State House redistricting map lawsuit

Mo. Supreme Court
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit challenging the new State House redistricting map.

The map’s opponents raised similar objections as those who’ve challenged the congressional and State Senate district maps drawn up last year:  Like the Senate map, plaintiffs claimed, in written statements, that the six-judge panel that drew up the House map did so behind closed doors and thus violated the state’s Sunshine law.  Robert Hess, one of the attorneys defending the map, said the panel was not subject to the Sunshine law.

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