COLUMBIA (March 13, 2014) – State Auditor Tom Schweich received the Sunshine Hero of 2014 award from the Missouri Sunshine Coalition, a group of esteemed journalists, local government leaders and educators “committed to continuing and expanding on its mission of making public information as accessible as possible in Missouri.”
“It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from an association dedicated to openness and accessibility in government,” Schweich said. “I am pleased to share this award with my dedicated staff of auditors who work tirelessly to bring Sunshine Law violations to light at every level of government.”
In 2013 alone 15 percent of the audits Schweich’s office conducted revealed Sunshine Law violations at every level of government. Schweich and his auditors use every occasion as an opportunity to educate or re-educate government officials about their disclosure responsibilities under the Sunshine Law.
The Missouri Sunshine Coalition was incorporated as a Missouri nonprofit in December 2008. Since its inception, the coalition has actively participated in annual Sunshine Week activities. The group has also held Sunshine Law information sessions for the public. Their web address is http://missourisunshine.org.