Posts Tagged ‘Freedom of information’

Editorial: Mississippi needs more openness in government

When it comes to citizen access to meetings and records of local and state elected and appointed bodies, Mississippi’s law says: — “The formation and determination of public policy is public business and shall be conducted at open meetings.” — “Providing access to public records is a duty of each public body and automation of […] [...]

Hood: Closed public meetings ‘corrosive to democracy’

by Published: September 17,2010

Tags: Freedom of information, public meetings

OXFORD — Mississippi must strengthen penalties against public officials who improperly close public meetings, state Ethics Commission director Tom Hood said yesterday. Under the state Open Meetings law, officials cannot be fined individually. Instead, the public body is fined up to $100 per violation — and that means the public picks up the tab. Hood […] [...]

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