March 12, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said his office received more than 1,300 Sunshine-related questions and complaints last year. Almost all of those questions and complaints have been resolved and the cases closed. Koster said that those large numbers indicate the interest Missourians have in the workings of their government.
“My office has made openness of government a priority,” Koster said. “We have been to every county in Missouri to talk to local public officials about their obligations under the Sunshine Law. We take every complaint seriously, and we always operate from the viewpoint of the right of Missourians to know how their government is operating.”
The Attorney General’s Office recently contacted the 14 public bodies listed in the State Auditor’s Advisory Report on Sunshine Law Compliance to provide them information on the Sunshine Law related to the Auditor’s concerns.
Koster’s office has given almost 300 Sunshine Law presentations across the state in the past three years.
To educate both the public and local public officials, the Attorney General’s Office publishes a Missouri Sunshine Law booklet, which is available on the Attorney General’s website at: http://ago.mo.gov/pdf/MissouriSunshineLaw.pdf or to order at https://www.ago.mo.gov/cgi-bin/consumer/orderPublications.cgi.
As part of Sunshine Week, the Attorney General’s Office is sponsoring a free workshop on the Sunshine Law this Friday, March 16, at 10:00 a.m. in Jefferson City at the Governor Office Building located at 200 Madison Avenue, Room 450. The public is invited to attend, along with all interested elected officials and members of boards and commissions. To reserve a place at the workshop contact Tom Durkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573)751-8844.