Missouri Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Major Sunshine Law Case Involving Governor’s Office

A major Sunshine Law case before the Missouri Supreme Court essentially comes down to research time and the definition of research itself.

The Missouri Supreme Court will decide whether public governmental bodies can charge fees for searching for and researching public records. The dispute is between GOP Governor Mike Parson’s office and former Democratic attorney general candidate Elad Gross. Mr. Gross submitted a Sunshine Law request in 2018, and the governor’s office said that the request found more than 13-thousand documents and would take up to 120 business days to provide.

During oral arguments, Missouri Deputy Attorney General Jeremiah Morgan read the dictionary’s definition of research, to the Missouri Supreme Court.

There’s no timeframe on when the Supreme Court will issue a decision.