Hood, groups petitioning for change in open records law enforcement
Published: January 15,2014
Tags: Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information, Mississippi Ethics Committee, Mississippi Legislature, Mississippi Press Association, Open Meetings Law, open records, Public Records Act, state government, Tom Hood
GREENWOOD — Mississippi Ethics Commission director Tom Hood and good government groups are asking the Legislature to give the agency more authority to enforce the state’s Public Records Act.
The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Hood told a local civic club that while his agency can encourage public bodies to follow the law when it comes to providing records, it can only issue non-binding opinions when violations occur.
The commission cannot impose penalties on the violators.
Hood says the commission would like the same authority it now has in enforcing the state’s Open Meetings Law. The change has the support of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information and the Mississippi Press Association. A similar effort went nowhere last year.
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