Cloudy in Missouri

Sunshine in Missouri, “a sporadic blog on Missouri’s sunshine law”, is writing about a recent big violation:

This blog is about a year old and sometimes I find the same problems over and over in the state. While the Attorney General’s office may do annual training, clearly the problem of ongoing violations is bigger than that training program can solve. Members of public bodies either don’t understand the law, don’t want to understand the law, or don’t care. Maybe it’s more than the law that’s broke here, folks. Maybe the system is broke. if a higher priority were placed on following this law, then members of public bodies would make a more concerted effort to understand the law.

In other words, just because a state institutes annual training of public agencies so that they know about the state’s open records law, doesn’t mean the law will get followed.


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