‘Is It Legal To…?’: Sunshine Law
“Information is the currency of democracy.” – Thomas Jefferson
National Sunshine Week is March 12-18, a time when the public remembers the importance of government transparency. Missouri’s Sunshine Law allows the public to observe, through open records and open meetings, how their local and state governments operate – helping prevent corruption, fraud, negligence, and inequality. But over the years, this law has faced numerous challenges.
Former journalist Jean Maneke, with The Maneke Law Group L.C., has been practicing media, publishing, and entertainment law for over two decades and currently serves as counsel for the Missouri Press Association. In The Missouri Bar’s newest “Is It Legal To…?” episode, Maneke walks listeners through the ins-and-outs of Sunshine Law, covering what type of documents the public can request and when public meetings must be open. She also describes how members of the media and public can request records from public entities and the requirements public entities must follow under Sunshine Law.
Listen to the new episode at Soundcloud.com/user-784534365/is-it-legal-to-sunshine-law or by clicking the play button below.
“Is It Legal To…?” is produced by The Missouri Bar, with hosts Communications Director Farrah Fite and veteran Missourinet reporter Bob Priddy. To listen to more episodes, visit MissouriLawyersHelp.org/IsItLegalTo.
Do you have a legal topic you would like discussed? Do you want to be a guest on an upcoming podcast episode? Email Fite at firstname.lastname@example.org.