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Jean's Column Archive

June 2014 - Is government transparency on Death Row

May 2014 - Can a judge remove case records before a trial

April 2014 - How does copyright law affect content on Facebook.pdf 

March 2014 - You can set requirments for advertising in your paper 

February 2014 - Time to talk with legislators about rules on using drones

January 2014 - Court rules closed records might also be open records

December 2013 - Court recognizes role of notices in newspapers

November 2013 - Treat public notices (legals) with respect they deserve

October 2013 - Thanks for helping fight override of SB 436 veto

September 2013 - Decide now how to react if HB 436 veto overridden

August 2013 - Government intrusion points to need for shield

July 2013 - Bill on governor's desk patently unconstitutional

June 2013 - How much privacy can we expect in age of Internet?

May 2013 - Missouri Lawyers Media wins open hearing ruling

April 2013 - Ask Legislators for support of Sunshine Law changes

March 2013 - Sweepstakes OK if you remove 1 of 3 elements

February 2013 - 'Legal notice' has no definition in statutes

January 2013 - 'Critical incident' response guidelines may be closed

December 2012 - Required office posters available free online

November 2012 - Ads your papers creates are copyrighted, too!

October 2012 - "Missouri Plan" works

September 2012 - Statutes govern notices of election in counties

August 2012 - Post-Dispatch gets pay record from city office

July 2012 - Getting permission will keep you out of trouble

June 2012 - Get lawyers to pay for legal notices they place

May 2012 - Ad reps play "stamp the lawyer" at their meetings

April 2012 - Audits reveal wholesale flouting of sunshine law

March 2012 - Development authorities should do business openly

February 2012 - Investigators need licenses; are journalists investigators?

January 2012 - Remember 'Superbowl' is registered trademark

December 2011 - Can privacy withstand assault of technology?

November 2011 - Court rule, rulins differ on openness of warrants

October 2011 - Closed meeting notice needs specific reason

September 2011 - Housing ad guidelines will be in the next bulletin

August 2011 - Reporters' tweets give instant narrative of trial

July 2011 - Check your political ad attribution policy now!

June 2011 - Just to read a record shouldn't cost money

May 2011 - Should state decide who are journalists?

April 2011 - Protect yourself from copyright allegations

March 2011 - Audit reports may get law enforcement help

February 2011 - Blogs, Facebook pages have potential for libel

January 2011 - Closing public meeting reqires specific reason

December 2010 - You need not exponge archived crime reports

November 2010 - Closed meeting notice needs specific reason

October 2010 - Courts rule on website, open meeting lawsuits
September 2010 - You are protected from defamatory web posts
August 2010 -
Electronic public records caught in technical limbo
July 2010 - State courts working on electronic access system
June 2010 -  Audit shows frequent Sunshine Law violations
May 2010 - files should offer all information
April 2010 - Streaming video from Missouri's high court
March 2010 - Kansas case shows need for Shield Law
Febraury 2010 -
Divorce files closed until final dissolution
January 2010 - Let your voice be heard on how money is spent
December 2009 -
November 2009 -
Be ever vigilant about ads in your newspaper
October 2009 - Court decision could delay records request
September 2009 -
Learn phrase 'This is a Sunshine Law request.'
August 2009 -
Attorney General sues district over openness
July 2009 -
Editors reports local police restrict access to records
June 2009 -
Rep. Jones' Sunshine Bill efforts much appreciated
May 2009 - Sunshine Bill still alive, legislator records exempt
April 2009 - Sunshine Law bill need your calls to legislators
March 2009 - Koster plans extensive Sunshine Law training
February 2009 - Work rules changes you need to know
January 2009 - Record retention rules should be part of law
December 2008 -
Internet is a great tool, but it raises questions
November 2008 -
Judges don't like defendant secrecy
October 2008 -
Attribution required on all campaign ads
September 2008 - You'll have to answer questions about ethics
August 2008 - We have allies in fight for open government
July 2008 -
Election season brings advertising questions
June 2008 - Politics trump need in Missouri Legislature
May 2008 - Sunshine Law is not unduly burdensome
April 2008 - What Newspapers print can still result in change
March 2008 - 
Many bills filed relate to open records, meetings
February 2008 -
Dear new UM president: Please keep system open
January 2008 - Google, states working to ease records search
December 2007 - Sunshine Law gets an 'F' in ranking of all states
November 2007 - Exciting to see Federal Shield Law progressing
October 2007 - Sunshine Law getting more action than ever
September 2007 -
Can City fire employee who said it broke law?
August 2007
- Newspaper writers can hurt our openness effort        July 2007 - Federal Law may extend shield to some bloggers  
June 2007
- Advertising Q&A                                                             May 2007 - Housing act violations can be very expensive
April 2007 - News stories about bingo, raffles are OK
March 2007 - Probes of law officers must be open records
February 2007 - Shield Law bill again filed in state Senate
January 2007 - Proposed shield law not absolute privilege
December 2006 - What level of cost ends access to public records?
November 2006 - Government openness lost champion in August
October 2006 - Know Political Disclaimer rules
September 2006 - Directed verdict in libel suit
August 2006 - Law officers in control at emergency scene
July 2006 - Candidates in same group get equal ad rates
June 2006 - Court opinions offers some interesting ideas
May 2006 - Ohio HIPAA ruling may help emergency news
April 2006 - Shield Law bill hits wall
March 2006 - AG wrong about county committees
February 2006 - Beware of selling reprints of news pictures
January 2006 - Political committees subject to Sunshine Law        December 2005 - Supreme Court could get two "openness" cases
November 2005 - Tips to avoid being sued to libel
October 2005 - Check work comp rules to see if you are covered
September 2005 - Get required work posters free from government
August 2005 - Reporters need secret source privilege
July 2005 - Shield Law discussion is national
June 2005 - Reporter privilege rights still changing
May 2005 - Blogging, Newsmasters, and New Journalism
April 2005 - Juvenile court rules change
February 2005 - Sunshine defines public body
January 2005 - Housing Ad Questions
December 2004 - Time to retrain your Notary
November 2004 - Update your Archives
October 2004 - E-Mail and The Sunshine Law
September 2004 - Access must be given to online meetings
August 2004 - Overtime rules in the newsroom
July 2004 - Two-tiered penalties in Sunshine Law
June 2004 - Access to records had a bad month
May 2004 - Paper may need broker's license
April 2004 - Papers need to sue to make sun shine
March 2004 - Recent rulings keep courts open
February 2004 - Four opinions in 2003 provide guidance

January 2004 - Publications reveal attitude on openness                  December 2003 - Officials leery of on-line records                          November 2003 - 'Fair use' rule applies to 'news' photographs         October 2003 - Keep 2 basics in mind with 'Do Not Call' law         September 2003 - Board members clash over secrecy of records
August 2003 - Group using Internet to skirt Sunshine Law
July 2003 - Understanding a paper's legal status
June 2003 - Reviewing basics of Sunshine Law
May 2003 - Libel plaintiff must show actual damage
April 2003 - Juvenile court secrecy getting high attention
March 2003 - Custodian of records needs to get request
February 2003 - Put copyright notice in all ads you create
January 2003 - Ethics Commission decisions available
April 2002 - Subtle lessons from Sept. 11
Ocotober 2001 - Our Freedom may be a casualty

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