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Lawmakers call for more government transparency during Sunshine Week

Lawmakers call for more government transparency during Sunshine Week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The calls for more government transparency continue to ring out through the Missouri Capitol as the state recognizes Sunshine Week. The annual nationwide initiative seeks to remind lawmakers and government officials to renew their commitments to the state’s open records and government transparency laws. “Missourians have long agreed that government should operate

Missouri's state auditor Nicole Galloway addresses members of the media during a press conference over the findings of her team's audit of Sunshine Law compliance in local government. BEN PETERS/MISSOURI TIMES

Sunshine law doesn’t glow in most local governments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A newly released audit shows an alarming lack of transparency in local municipalities and government across the state. Two out of three local governments failed to comply with Sunshine Law requests filed with their offices. In a conference Tuesday morning, State Auditor Nicole Galloway released her office’s findings, saying that local governments

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Will Missouri Republicans turn the AG office over to MU?

There are a lot of things going great in the state of Missouri, but one institution that has been struggling by any definition is the University of Missouri – Columbia. If you have to create a committee to whitewash your problems, it’s kind of its own admission that there are major problems to start with.


Court upholds Senate committee recording rules

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Senate did not violate Missouri’s sunshine law by not allowing Progress Missouri to record committee meetings, the state’s Western District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Progress Missouri brought the case because they said there had been issues with committee chairs not allowing them to record in the past. The organization

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The air is getting hot in the Show-Me State

Hopefully Trump’s campaign maneuvers are the start of his pulling it together. He owes it to himself, his supporters, the Republican Party, and, honestly, the country to up his game. Moreover, I’d hate to have to admit Mark Reardon may have been right. He has certainly owned a multitude of gaffs, but one that strikes

Rep. Jay Barnes

An Open Letter to Professor Hawley

June 14, 2016 Professor Joshua D. Hawley 323 Hulston Hall Columbia, Missouri 65211 Dear Professor Hawley: As the chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability, I have investigated wasteful or incompetent governance many times in the past six years. As a Missourian, I want to be certain that those in charge of

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TWMP: John Brunner and transparency

On Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, John Brunner takes the stage as the show continues the series focusing on gubernatorial candidates. Brunner said on the campaign trail, the overwhelming concern Missourians hold is jobs and the economy. Brunner responds to the attack ad which started airing this week, calling for committee transparency.

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Senate committee sunshine law appeal heard

KANSAS CITY – The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals heard arguments today in a case asking whether Progress Missouri had a right to record Senate committee hearings. Progress Missouri and its attorney, Christopher Grant, argued that under Missouri’s sunshine law, the Senate could not exempt themselves from being recorded by the public. “The Senate

ProgressMO files lawsuit against Missouri Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A liberal non-profit advocacy group filed a lawsuit in Cole County court today claiming that members of the Missouri Senate were violating their free speech rights as well as state open records laws by prohibiting the group from filming public hearings. ProgressMO filed a suit naming Senators Mike Parson, Mike Kehoe