David Letterman had his top 10 lists.
Missouri state Auditor Nicole Galloway has her top five — as in top five most common violations of the Missouri Sunshine Law. That’s the law that exists to ensure that citizens know what their governments are doing.
She and her staff recently compiled from audits issued from January 2014 to June.
“The Sunshine Law exists to ensure government operates with full accountability and transparency,” Galloway said in a statement. “When government entities comply with the Sunshine Law, it allows citizens the opportunity to fully participate in the decisions that impact them at every level.
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“It is my hope governments will use this report to improve their operations to be more accountable to the people of Missouri.”
So, here’s her list:
1. Closed meeting topics: Some issues discussed in closed meetings were not allowed by law.
2. Reasons for closed meetings: The reasons for closing a meeting and related votes were not adequately documented.
3. Meeting minutes: Minutes were not prepared for open meetings.
4. Public information policy: Policies were not in place to provide the public with access to documents and/or rates charged for providing information were inconsistent.
5. Review of minutes: Meeting minutes were not always approved in a timely manner.