Purpose of the Sunshine Request a/k/a Freedom of Information Act Request
Send the sunshine request (Freedom of Information Act Request) to obtain publicly available information. This can be an amazing tool when you want to obtain records at a fairly minimal cost. Many agencies will give you the records free of charge and will even do the research for you (now that’s hard to beat).
Words of Caution
Review the Missouri Sunshine Law § 610.023 et seq. and its exceptions- you don’t get access to everything you think. It’s best to start by reviewing Chapter 610 of the Missouri Revised Statutes to get a complete list of what is available and what is not.
Sample Missouri Sunshine Request Form
[Insert name and address of officially designated custodian of records]
Dear Custodian Of Records:
Under the Missouri Sunshine Law § 610.023 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of the following public records: (Describe the records as specifically as possible. Where you are asking for records that cover only a particular period, such as last year or a specific month, identify that time period).
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $100. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.
The Missouri Sunshine Law requires a response within three business days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this time period, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law. Thank you for your prompt consideration.
(Insert your name, address, phone number, or electronic mail address)