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Attorney General's News Release

September 13, 2011

Attorney Generalís Office to offer Sunshine Law workshops September 20

Jefferson City, Mo. - A free workshop pertaining to the Missouri Sunshine Law will be held on Tuesday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd floor, City of Overland, 9119 Lackland Road, Overland, Mo. 63114. The public is invited to attend, along with all interested elected officials and members of boards and commissions.

A separate workshop for law enforcement personnel will be held at the same location at 10:30 a.m. The one-hour classes will be conducted by Tom Durkin, public education director for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

The workshops are part of an on-going effort by Attorney General Chris Koster to provide government officials with the support they need to be well informed in conducting their business in a way that brings transparency and fairness to all aspects of government. Topics covered in the presentation will include:

  • Who does the Sunshine Law apply to?
  • What is a public meeting?
  • What is a public record?
  • Liberal construction of the law;
  • Procedures and limitations for closing meetings and records;
  • Appointing a custodian of records; and
  • Fees for copying public records.

For additional information regarding these meetings contact Tom Durkin at the Attorney General’s Office (573) 751-8844 or contact Melissa Burton, City Clerk at

The Attorney General’s Office also offers a free booklet containing a summary of the Sunshine Law, frequently asked questions, interpretations of the law and sample forms for public governmental bodies. You can order this publication at:

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