From Brentwood to Cape Girardeau to Rolla, citizens who have battled for more openness at City Hall urged legislators Tuesday to strengthen the state's Sunshine Law.More here.
The witnesses told a House committee that current law provides inadequate notice of public meetings, especially when private land is being taken for commercial development. They also argued for tougher penalties, clearer record-keeping provisions and a right to electronic copies of public records.
"Elected officials should be trying to find ways to conduct business in the open, not to find ways to close things," said Jay C. Purcell, a county commissioner in Cape Girardeau County.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Mo. citizens ask legislators for stronger Sunshine Law
The current bill would increase the minimum meeting notice from 24 hours to five days for "subjects such as tax increases, eminent domain or tax-increment financing," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Newly elected officials would be subject to the law, even before they're sworn in, and complaints filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission would be made public.