Sunshine Law

‘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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Contentious emergency meeting ends with Page as county executive

Pictured above: After the emergency County Council meeting to select County Executive Sam Page, then the council chair, new council chair and 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, talked to reporters about problems she saw in the selection process. Photos by Erin Achenbach. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Even as new St. Louis

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U.S. Senator Josh Hawley subpoenaed in Sunshine Law case

By Brennan John Columbia Missourian Missouri’s U.S. Senator Josh Hawley has been subpoenaed in a case involving possible violations of the state’s public records law when he served as Missouri attorney general. The subpoena came from Missouri’s 19th Circuit Court in Cole County. Hawley is ordered to give depositions and bring all documents and notes

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Legislator faces lawsuit for blocking member of public on Twitter

By Yue Yu Columbia Missourian A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against state Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch for blocking someone on Twitter. The representative now faces a trial March 29 in Kansas City, according to a news release. Columbia lawyer Mike Campbell, who filed the lawsuit, accused Reisch of blocking him on Twitter

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Our Call: Sunshine Law should be enforced, not threatened

Editorial This newspaper will never compromise on the Sunshine Law. We don’t think our state legislators should either. It’s that simple. The Sunshine Law is basic — public records belong to the public, whether government officials like that or not. Yet last week saw a rollback in the Missouri House of the Sunshine Law so

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Sunshine Law change is a ‘crisis to access’

By Ian Nickens, Gaelle Fournier and Kelsey Wu of the Columbia Missourian and Erin Achenbach of the Call Missouri House members approved changes in the state Sunshine Law last week that would make communications between public officials at all levels of government and their constituents largely immune to public-records requests. The changes, amended to a

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Our Call: Legislators need to follow their own Sunshine Laws

Editorial By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The Missouri Legislature designs and governs Sunshine Law for every public official in the state. But ironically, the Legislature has historically exempted itself from that very law that it tells other government officials to follow. Emails to the governor, a school superintendent, a county executive or a city

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