AG Hawley Applauds Filing of Legislation to Strengthen Missouri Sunshine Law

Feb 21, 2018, 11:42 AM
Feb 21, 2018, 11:39 AM

Jefferson City, Mo.  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today applauded Rep. David Gregory and Rep. Jean Evan's legislation to update and improve Missouri’s Sunshine Laws. HB2523 and HB2524 follow recent proposals by the Attorney General’s Office and the Missouri Press Association to strengthen enforcement of Chapter 109 of the Missouri Revised Statutes and the Missouri Sunshine Law.               

“The people of Missouri deserve an open, honest, and transparent government,” Hawley said. “These bills strengthen Sunshine enforcement and increase penalties for violators. This will allow Missouri press and citizens to hold their government accountable. I applaud Reps. Gregory and Evans for their leadership on this important issue."  

“The Missouri open records laws need updating and I am pleased to push this legislation forward,” Rep. Gregory said. “Giving the Attorney General stronger remedies to enforce open-records laws is both commonsense and necessary. Government must be transparent to earn the trust of its people.” 

“I am pleased to support this legislation with Rep. Gregory,” Rep. Jean Evans said. “The Missouri General Assembly has an opportunity to reinforce the importance of transparency by enhancing the Sunshine Laws in our state. This legislation does just that.” 

“The Missouri Press Association supports this progress in improving Missouri’s Sunshine Law,” Jean Maneke, Counsel to the Missouri Press Association, said. “We are happy to see this conversation happening—and look forward to moving it forward.”