The law that mandates that public meetings be held in public – the Sunshine Law – has undergone some changes. And public officials will be getting a course on those changes. Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says the changes to the state’s Sunshine Law passed this year and set to go into effect next month will expand the types of media that are subject to the new law to include e-mails, electronic chat rooms, and the Internet. Nixon says the same exemptions as to what has to be published – such as buying and selling property or personal information when it comes to employment matters – are still in effect. He says his job now is to teach public officials how to comply with the changes. And Nixon says his office is already working on the changes that will need to be in the booklet his office sends out each year to explain to public officials how to comply with the Sunshine Law.
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