November 21, 2016
November 15, 2016
Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway says government must do better when it comes to meeting its obligations to transparency with the public. A newly-released report on compliance with the state's open records laws shows that only 30 percent of local governments fully complied with laws specifically designed to keep government accessible to its citizens.
"My office regularly receives complaints related to access of public information, which is exactly what the Sunshine Law is designed to address," Auditor Galloway said. "For this report, we sent public records requests to hundreds of local governments across the state. The results were extremely disappointing and demonstrate that we have a long way to go in improving transparency and citizen access to information in Missouri government."
Auditor Galloway and her staff sent open records request letters to more than 300 local government entities in every region of the state. The request was fairly simple - to provide a copy of minutes for the last meeting held in 2015, along with the notice and agenda for that meeting, and several other basic pieces of information. The letters were not sent on official office letterhead in order to provide a clearer picture of what the average citizen experiences when requesting information from government. Of those who received a request, 37 percent failed to acknowledge it or respond within the three-day time period required by law. Some of those eventually provided information after the deadline, but 16 percent did not respond at all.
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October 5, 2016
For the fourth year in a row, the Missouri Press Association (MPA), local Missouri newspapers and AT&T are joining together to host an It Can Wait editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related driving distractions. The contest begins on October 3 and is open to middle school and high school students from across Missouri.
According to research that AT&T released earlier this year, Missouri is one of four states without a statewide texting while driving ban for drivers of all ages. As a group, those four states without a texting ban for all ages have a 17 percent higher rate of texting while driving than the other 46 states. This year, the MPA contest challenges students to write an editorial or opinion column convincing the Missouri General Assembly to join the 46 other states by adopting a statewide anti-texting while driving ban that applies to all drivers – not just those 21 and younger.
“While raising awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related driving distractions is important, this research shows how state legislation can impact behavior,” said John Sondag, president, AT&T Missouri. “I want to thank the Missouri Press Association and its members for their continued efforts to educate their communities about this critical public safety issue and help spread the word that no text, photo, video or email is worth a life – it can wait."
This year’s It Can Wait editorial contest is open to students enrolled in any Missouri public or private middle school or high school. Local newspapers have the option to host local contests and will determine... continued...
October 4, 2016
Missouri Press Association's Dawn Kitchell ran a photo booth during the 150th Annual Convention's Trade Show. Did you get your photo taken in front of it? Check out who did at the link below.
A link to the gallery from which photos can be downloaded is available here: http://eye.fi/Svt6
October 1, 2016
Friday December 2nd
Thursday December 1st
Get your entries ready for MAMA’s Best Ad Contest! Deadline is January 20, 2017. Link
Wednesday November 30th
MAMA Contest Deadline Link