- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says cops’ good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
With all of the attention Cape Girardeau County government has received recently, it has been all too easy to choose sides. In the process, angers have flared and emotions have been put on public display.
Now the prosecuting attorney, Morley Swingle, has asked the attorney general's office to look into the secret recording of a closed county commission meeting. It is against the law in Missouri to record a properly closed meeting without the consent of a majority of the officials in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Jay Purcell, 2nd District commissioner, has filed a lawsuit seeking judicial enforcement of the commission's adherence to the Missouri Sunshine Law, which requires all government business and records to be open to the public except in certain circumstances.
A review by disinterested third parties such as the attorney general's office or a judge may be both useful and instructive. There have been conflicting interpretations of the Sunshine Law by county officials, and having an outside review could help us all understand the practical applications of the law that requires open meetings and open records.