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The Sunshine Law Guidebook

Practice Area:
Admin Law |  Government Practice


Press reports frequently carry stories of disputes, controversies, and confusion about the Sunshine Law. Boards, committees, and other entities are often unsure of the reach of the law and sometimes unaware of its existence and applicability. They have many questions:

  • Are they subject to the Sunshine Law?
  • What meetings are open meetings, and what process needs to be followed?
  • What records are open records?
  • What are the exceptions?
  • When can a meeting or record be closed?
  • What is the process?

Get information you need to answer those questions and more in this updated Guidebook by author Nathan M. Nickolaus.

3rd edition 2019 (78 pages)

MoBar Price $50 | eGuidebook 



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The Missouri Bar is grateful to the volunteer author, Nathan M. Nickolaus. Mr. Nickolaus received his B.A., 1985, from Westminster College and J.D., 1988, from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Masters of Public Administration from Indiana State University in 2016. Mr. Nickolaus was selected as the City Counselor for Jefferson City in 2003, following 15 years in private practice focused on local government organizations. In 2013 he was appointed as General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. In 2012 he received the Lou Czech Award, presented by the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association.  He is currently Of Counsel with the firm of Lauber Municipal Law and heads its Jefferson City office.




1    |    Introduction

2    |    Entities Subject to the Sunshine Law

3    |    Open Meetings

4    |    Public Records

5    |    Closed Meetings and Closed Records

6    |    Procedure for Holding Closed Meetings

7    |    Violations and Remedies

8    |    Law Enforcement Records

Appendix   |   The Sunshine Law, Chapter 610, RSMo