Public Record Exceptions

The Missouri Sunshine Law
The Missouri Sunshine Law recognizes that some records contain information that is private in nature. For this reason, the act lists a number of exceptions for records that are closed, including:
  • Legal actions, causes of action, or litigation (except that votes, minutes, and settlement agreements must be opened to the public on final disposition, unless ordered closed by a court)
  • Leasing, purchase, or sale of real estate where public knowledge might adversely affect the amount paid in the transaction
  • Hiring, firing, disciplining, or promoting a particular employee
  • Welfare cases of identifiable individuals
  • Software codes for electronic data processing
  • Individually identifiable personnel records
  • Records related to existing or proposed security systems
  • Records that are protected from disclosure by other laws