Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sunshine Law Complaint Form Now Online

JEFFERSON CITY — To help ensure that state and local government bodies comply with the provisions of Missouri’s Sunshine Law, Attorney General Jay Nixon unveiled on Sept. 11, 2007, an online form for Missourians to file complaints about violations of the law.

The complaint form can be found under the Open Government section of the Attorney General’s Web site at ago.mo.gov or at this specific webpage. Nixon said the new form will help attorneys in his office look into complaints about alleged violations of the law and try to resolve those complaints.

“This easy-to-use online form is part of my ongoing commitment to open government in Missouri,” Nixon said. “We educate, we mediate, and, if necessary, we litigate to help make the meetings and records of public governmental bodies as open as possible to the citizens of this state.”

Each year, Nixon’s office takes hundreds of complaints and inquiries from citizens, government officials and members of the media about open meetings or records. Of those inquires, some were questions that were answered by staff; others were concerns that were mediated by Nixon’s office.

Nixon’s office also publishes a free 80-page booklet on the Sunshine Law. The booklet is updated periodically to reflect changes in Missouri’s law, new court decisions pertaining to the Sunshine Law, and new legal opinions issued by the Attorney General’s Office on the Sunshine Law. In the past year, Nixon’s office has distributed more than 80,000 copies of the booklet.

Copies may be obtained by ordering them online at ago.mo.gov or by calling 1-800-392-8222. The online version of the booklet is also frequently viewed and downloaded.


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