Should body-cam videos be public?

A proposed Senate bill would make body-cam videos an “investigative report,” meaning they would be closed until investigations are completed.

Working toward a Missouri shield law

Missouri remains among the minority of states without a shield law for journalists. But Rep. Joe Don McGaugh has introduced a bill that would offer protections for whistle-blowers.

State audit takes Joplin School District to task

Earlier this month, the State Auditor’s Office released the final report of its audit of the Joplin School District. One key finding: The district did not “make public” the results of votes taken in closed meetings in any effective manner.

The passing of a Sunshine Hero

The Missouri Sunshine Coalition offers its condolences to the family of State Auditor Tom Schweich, who worked to educate fellow public officials about the importance of the Missouri Sunshine Law and open government. (Photo by Jessica Stewart / St. Joseph News-Press. Used with permission.)

Sunshine Law revisions

Like many open government advocates in the state, the Missouri Sunshine Coalition entered the 2013 session of the General Assembly with high hopes for improvements to the Sunshine Law. A measure passed in the House, but efforts stalled in the Senate. Making the sting even worse, was that another measure reauthorizing a public safety exemption passed […]


By Mike Sherry, former board president As usual, the annual conference of the National Freedom of Information Coalition provided a lot of food for thought. Given that it took place in New Orleans, this year’s conference also provided some good victuals as well. I attended the May 17-18, 2013, conference, as did President Emeritus Jim […]

Our Sunshine Law audit

Our audit of sheriff’s offices in Missouri found wildly varying policies on charging for basic information sought under the Sunshine Law. We released the audit in advance of Sunshine Week in March 2011.

Pursuing Long’s Goals in Missouri

“A government by secrecy benefits no one. It injures the people it seeks to serve; it damages its own integrity and operation. It breeds distrust, dampens the fervor of its citizens and mocks their loyalty.”… — Sen. Russell Long Louisiana’s late senator offered those words in support of the federal Freedom of Information Act.