South County Government Transparency

‘Sunshine Law’ leaves new editor in the dark

Editor’s note: As part of our “Blast from South County’s Past” series, here’s a look at how difficult getting basic public records was in St. Louis County in 1994. Sometimes it’s just as difficult now. Some things never change.  Call the Tune By Mike Anthony Originally published Dec. 8, 1994  I’m new at the Call.

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As Stenger goes to prison, Page signs ethics executive orders that fire employees who don’t report corruption

Pictured above: County Executive Sam Page signs ethics reform executive orders into law Wednesday in the county executive’s office. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com As his disgraced predecessor heads to prison for public corruption this week, County Executive Sam Page held a public signing ceremony to sign four executive orders for

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Stenger, council both accused of violating Sunshine Law

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Executive Steve Stenger and the County Council have been at odds for most of the last year on everything except routine county business, but now they have something in common: They are both accused of violating the Sunshine Law. The council is taking Attorney General Josh Hawley’s lawsuit

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Elected official proposes city meetings be recorded

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com We attended the very first meeting of the Green Park Board of Aldermen, which took place June 1, 1995, at the Tesson Ferry Branch County Library. In April 1995, voters approved the incorporation of the city of Green Park with 614 people in favor and 336

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Gregory, Evans proposing to enhance Sunshine Law

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Changes to improve the Missouri Open Meetings and Records Act, also called the Sunshine Law, are long overdue. It’s no secret that we believe Missouri’s Sunshine Law is one of the weakest in the nation. Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills, and Rep. Jean Evans, R-Manchester, have

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Majority of council members remain at odds with Stenger

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com A majority of the County Council is accusing County Executive Steve Stenger of using intimidation and threats to get his way, but Stenger dismissed the claims as “election-year ankle-biting.” The allegations leveled by the council span St. Louis County: In south county, 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, contends

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Officials make correct call in delaying board meeting

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com It’s no secret that we believe transparency in the city of Crestwood has taken a huge hit under City Attorney Lisa Stump of Lashly & Baer. Stump’s overly broad interpretation of Sunshine Law exemptions that permit meetings and documents to be closed from the public flies

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Hawley suit alleges Stenger’s office violated Sunshine Law

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit against County Executive Steve Stenger last week alleging that the county executive’s office has shown a pattern of not providing public records to journalists. Hawley, a Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate this fall against incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill,

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State’s Sunshine Law still one of weakest in country

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The Missouri Open Meetings and Records Act, also known as the Sunshine Law, marked its 56th anniversary earlier this year. Despite the longevity of the law, designed to promote open government, there was very little to celebrate given that the Missouri Sunshine Law is one of

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