The Missouri Sunshine Law recognizes that some records contain information that is private in nature. For this reason, the Act lists a number of exceptions for records that are closed, including:
- Legal actions, causes of action or litigation (except that votes, minutes and settlement agreements must be opened to the public on final disposition, unless ordered closed by a court).
- Leasing, purchase or sale of real estate where public knowledge might adversely affect the amount paid in the transaction.
- Hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting a particular employee.
- Welfare cases of identifiable individuals.
- Software codes for electronic data processing.
- Individually identifiable personnel records.
- Records related to existing or proposed security systems.
- Records that are protected from disclosure by other laws.