AG Hawley Lauds Prompt Passage of Sunshine Law Legislation in Missouri House

Apr 19, 2018, 12:07 PM
Apr 19, 2018, 12:06 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. (April 19, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today applauded the House for approving vital legislation that offers commonsense measures to update and improve Missouri Sunshine and Records-retention laws.

“Transparency in our government is an essential part of democracy—and my Office must have the tools to ensure our Sunshine and records-retention laws are followed,” Hawley said. “This legislation will better empower my Office to investigate Sunshine Law complaints and strengthen the penalties for violations. My thanks to Reps. David Gregory and Jean Evans for their hard work on this. I encourage the Senate to continue its important work and pass this legislation swiftly.”

Specifics of the legislation include authorizing the Attorney General’s Office to issue investigative subpoenas in the course of its public-records investigations, establishing a transparency division within the Attorney General’s Office that would prevent potential conflicts of interest, and establishing new remedies for violations of Chapter 109. The legislation still requires final approval by the Senate.