Judge rules against Sunshine Law

The Greater Rivers Environmental Law Center lost a suit it filed against the city of St. Peters claiming the city
“knowingly and purposely” violated the Sunshine Law.
St. Charles County Circuit Judge Ted House ruled in August that the evidence did not show a “knowing violation” and that the records sought could be closed.
He also ruled the Law Center should pay court costs.
According to records, the Law Center had sued the city regarding development in St. Charles County and a river levee. The city argued that because it anticipated future litigation from the plaintiff over the levee, the city council could hold a closed meeting using the litigation exception to the Sunshine Law and keep a Federal Emergency Management Agency Letter of Map Revision a closed record.
The Law Center argued that the city could not close the record because the National Flood Insurance Act grants property owners or leasers the right to view the records and request an administrative and judicial review. (St. Charles County Business Record)

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