Missouri Attorney General’s Office investigating Joplin City Council
Investigation stems from alleged Sunshine law violations
JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Attorney General’s office says they’re investigating the Joplin City Council following complaints that they allegedly violated the Missouri Sunshine Law.
The office received two complaints stating there were concerns about possible Sunshine Law violations with the city council’s dinners. The complaints allege that ahead of council meetings, members of the council gather in a dining room on the 5th floor and have a dinner together.
Because a quorum of members is present, the complaints allege that these dinners need to be public or simply not happen, since the complaints allege there’s no way to know for sure if city business is or is not being discussed.
The Attorney General’s office sent a letter to Joplin City Attorney Peter Edwards requesting information to determine whether or not the city violated the Sunshine Law. A copy of that letter is included below.
This is a developing story and we’ll post updates as they become available.