2014MISSOURI SUNSHINE LAW
he Missouri Sunshine Law was introduced in the General Assembly as Senate Bill 1 in 1973. his was seven years ater the Freedom o Inormation Act was passed in Congress and the same year that the United States Senate Watergate Committee conducted its hearings. With the passage o Senate Bill 1, Missouri became one o the earliest advocates o ensuring that meetings and records would be open to the public throughout all aspects o government. Missouri’s commitment to openness in government is clearly stated in § 610.011, RSMo, o the Sunshine Law: “It is the public policy o this state that meetings, records, votes, actions, and deliberations o public governmental bodies be open to the public unless otherwise provided by law. Sections 610.010 to 610.200 shall be liberally construed and their exceptions strictly construed to promote this public policy.”he law sets out the speciic instances when a meeting, record, or vote may be closed, while stressing these exceptions are to be strictly interpreted to promote the public policy o openness.Public meetings, including meetings conducted by telephone, Internet or other electronic means, are to be held at reasonably convenient times and must be accessible to the public. Meetings should be held in acilities that are large enough to accommodate anticipated attendance by the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.We are pleased to provide you with this new Sunshine Law booklet containing recent changes to the Missouri statutes, case law and Attorney General Opinions by category, inormation regarding records requests, and two sections o requently asked questions. Sincerely,
The Sunshine Law brings transparency and fairness to all aspects of government.