The revelation that Neosho City Council members were conducting city business by text message in an apparent violation of the Missouri Sunshine Law does not appear to bother City Attorney Steve Hays much, according to a KODE report.
Hays noted, as reported earlier in the Turner Report, that complaints have been filed with the attorney general's office, but they will find that "this is a non-story."
Neosho resident Rebecca Williams confirmed the Sunshine Law violations when she received copirs of the text messages through a Sunshine Law request with the city. The messages were received from council members Mayor Ben Baker, currently a candidate for House of Representatives, Jon Stephens, William Doubek and Tom Workman.
No messages were provided by the other City Council member, Carmin Allen, who according to City Clerk Rachel Holcomb, deletes his text messages every morning, also an apparent Sunshine Law violation.