Department of Natural Resources announces implementation of new Sunshine Law request practices

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Volume 37-296 For Immediate Release: Sept. 2, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- Today Mark N. Templeton, Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, announced that the Department has implemented the Sunshine Law recommendations outlined in Attorney General Chris Koster's report regarding open records compliance.

The Department now has consolidated the custodians of records responsibility into the Office of General Counsel of the Department of Natural Resources.  The Administrative Assistant to the General Counsel will serve as the Custodian of Records who will work with Department staff in the programs and regional offices to respond to record requests.

Also, the Department created a new page on the DNR web site www.dnr.mo.gov/sunshinerequests.htm which explains to the public how to file a Sunshine request with the Department. On that page there is a link to facilitate online Sunshine requests.

"I am committed to ensuring that the public has access to information in the Department and that the Department operates in an open and transparent manner to protect the state's natural resources for the benefit of all Missourians," said Templeton.

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