JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – When it comes to sunshine laws in the Show-Me State, there are five most common law violations committed by local and state government entities. That’s according to Mo. State Auditor Nicole Galloway. In a recent publication Galloway identifies the five most common reasons for violations of sunshine law.
Most of the reasons centered around local government meetings and their agendas. Violations listed include failure to document the reason for a closed session, as well as reviewing and preparing minutes for open meetings and documenting minutes for closed sessions.
Galloway went on to state that a similar report was released last year which included concerns related to inadequate government policies responding to requests for information from the public under Missouri Sunshine Law.
This year’s top five list was compiled from audit reports released between July 2015 and June of this year. You can find the complete top five list and the summary of sunshine law violations by going to the auditor’s website.