January 20, 2016
Missouri Press Association Report from Jefferson City Jan. 20, 2016
It is IMPORTANT that you and representatives from your newspaper come to Jefferson City on Feb. 4, to talk with your elected officials at MPA Day at the Capitol!
If you have not registered, please do so today!
To register, please click on the following link: Day At The Capitol Form(Have you contacted your State Representative about House Bill 2089 that would move the county financial statement in 2nd, 3rd and 4th class counties from the local newspaper to the county's web site? Please contact your State Representative about the county financial statement bill!)
Missouri Press Association representatives testified on two bills Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the state capitol
Mark Maassen testified in the House Elections Committee in support of House Bill 1479, sponsored by Elections Committee Chair Rep. Sue Entlicher (R-Bolivar).
The bill would give local citizens an opportunity of knowing that a candidate for local office has withdrawn at the last minute before the filing deadline. The issue was brought to our attention more than a year ago by Toby Carrig, publisher of the Ste. Genevieve Herald.
HB 1479 would not require a new public notice. The bill would allow the filing period to open up a few days during the following week after the filing deadline, giving enough time for a news article to appear in the local newspaper, enough time for word to circulate in town, giving citizens who might want to... continued...
January 20, 2016
Is our government too open? In honor of Sunshine Week, March 13-19, Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs are hosting a debate on the transparency in government.
From 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Fred W. Smith Forum (Room 200), professors Bruce Cain of Stanford University and Charles Lewis of American University School of Communication will debate on the transparency in the federal government. The debate will be moderated by Barbara Petersen.
The timing of the debate coincides with Sunshine Week, the nationally observed annual celebration of open government, and reformers are always trying to improve public access to information about decision making in government for decades. But some influential commentators now argue that the drive for transparency has gone too far, undermining the capacity of elected officials to reach agreements on policies and make those policies work, according to RJI.
Attending the debate is free and registration is available online on RJI’s website at http://bit.ly/1SBng4a. Refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m. and a book signing for both speakers will be after the debate.
If you would like to participate in the converation before, during and after the event, use the hashtag #opengovdebate.
January 19, 2016
Thursday, March 10
— 1-2:30 PM Speaker Brian Powers | Brian will Use his unique ability to combine comedy entertainment and education. He will put an end to dull seminars. He will show your employees how to use their subconscious potential to help your bottom line!
— 2:30 PM Jean Maneke with Advertising Legal Advice
— 3PM Break
— 3:15 PM Best Ideas Session | Share Your Best Ad Ideas and Get a Chance to Win CASH prizes!
— 3:45 PM Get Amped! | Toni Sampson-Riebe and Amanda McGinnis | Amplified Digital
— 6PM Reception
— 6:30PM MAMA Contest Awards Banquet
— 8 PM Entertainment | Powers of the Mind | Comic Hypnotist Brian Powers
Friday, March 11
— 8:30 AM Breakfast Buffet
— 9:30 AM Mark Nienhueser | How Missouri Press Service Can Work for You!
— 10:00 AM Mark Maassen | Welcome the New Executive Director of Missouri Press Association
— 10:15 AM Break
— 10:30 AM-Noon Round Tables (roughly 20 minutes each) - Digital Sales with Amplified Digital - How to use Google Surveys to Boost... continued...
January 14, 2016
Missouri’s Corrections department violated the state’s “Sunshine” law when it failed to provide information to some of the people who asked to witness a state execution, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled on New Year’s Eve.
The ACLU of Missouri, which filed the lawsuit in September 2014, issued a news release last week announcing Beetem’s decision.
“The Missouri Department of Corrections continues to knowingly violate the law in order to prevent the public from seeing how it carries out executions,” Tony Rothert, the ACLU’s legal director, explained in the news release. “Every Missourian should be concerned that the Department is taking lives in their name, without transparency or oversight.”
Beetem ruled the department “committed a knowing violation of the Sunshine Law (and is) ordered to pay a civil monetary penalty of $500, as well as the reasonable attorney fees and costs Plaintiffs incurred in prosecuting their prevailing claims.”
The ACLU has challenged the Corrections department several times on how it prepares for and conducts executions.
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January 14, 2016
26th Annual Missouri Press Association and the Associated Press Day at the Capitol
Thursday, February 4 in Jefferson City
8:00-9:30 a.m.: Breakfast for MPA Members and Legislators (pastries and coffee), House Hearing Room 2, State Capitol Basement.
10:00-11:45 a.m.: Day at the Capitol program in the Senate Lounge, Third Floor, State Capitol. The morning program features Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway (invited). Also, a panel discussion on Ethics Reform and Missouri Campaign Finance Laws is scheduled featuring James Klahr, executive director of the Missouri Ethics Commission, and several Missouri legislators. Other programming is being planned.
12 noon: Luncheon in the Governor's Mansion. Attendees will leave the Capitol at 11:45 a.m. for the brief walk to the Governor's Mansion.
(You must be registered with Missouri Press Association to attend the luncheon in the Governor's Mansion. Missouri Press Association pays for breakfast and luncheon costs. There is no charge for members. However, last-minute cancellations will result in a $50 cancellation fee.)
1:30 p.m.: Adjourn from the Governor's Mansion.
2:00 p.m.: Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors Contest Awards Ceremony, Capitol Building.
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