Posts Tagged ‘public records’

Bryant signs new public records legislation

JACKSON — A new Mississippi law could decrease the amount of money people pay to obtain public records. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 928 yesterday, and it becomes law July 1. It says that when a person requests government records, a board or agency can only require reimbursement of costs incurred by the lowest-level […] [...]

Newspaper wants ruling from Ethics Commission on emails

TUPELO — A Tupelo newspaper is asking the Mississippi Ethics Commission for advice on whether an email between the mayor and a department head regarding city business is exempt from the public records law. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal is seeking access to emails between Mayor Jason Shelton and former city Development Services director BJ […] [...]

Coast newspaper’s request for DMR records hits new snag

BILOXI — Records that a Mississippi judge said a newspaper has a right to review have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. A Harrison County judge last week ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to make the records available to The Sun Herald. That Gulf Coast newspaper is reporting […] [...]

Coast newspaper wins in bid to get information from MDMR, Pickering

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to turn over records to a Gulf Coast newspaper. The Sun Herald reports that Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel issued the ruling Thursday. The Sun Herald, the MDMR and State Auditor Stacey Pickering have fought since January over […] [...]

Newspaper told to add Pickering as defendant in public records case

by Associated Press Published: April 24,2013

Tags: bench, decision, judge, judicial, juducuary, justice, media, newspaper, public records, ruling, state agency

BILOXI — Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel has ruled she cannot force the Mississippi Department of Resources to provide the Sun Herald records the agency no longer possesses. Schloegel ruled the newspaper would need to add the State Auditor’s Office as a defendant in a public records lawsuit it filed against the DMR. The Sun Herald […] [...]

Cost of obtaining public records could decrease

by Associated Press Published: February 14,2013

Tags: COST, law, lawmaker, legislation, legislative, meeting, n\bill, public records, state government

JACKSON — A bill has passed the Mississippi Senate seeking to reduce the cost for the general public to get copies of government documents. Senate Bill 2066 says requests for public records must be handled by the lowest-paid government employee who is qualified to do so. The proposed change is intended to stop agencies from using […] [...]

Newspaper sues state agency to get financial records

by Associated Press Published: January 17,2013

Tags: bench, case, court, financial records, judge, judicial, judiciary, justice, law, lawsuit, legal, media, medium, newspaper, public records, state agency, sue, suing

BILOXI — A Gulf Coast newspaper has sued the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to get access to some financial records. The Sun Herald reports it filed suit in Harrison County Chancery Court. The Sun Herald is seeking a judge’s order compelling MDMR to produce the records. The newspaper also asked for a hearing on […] [...]

School district denies request for information on administrators’ salaries

GREENWOOD — The Leflore County School District has denied a public records request for information on the salaries of its administrators. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports it filed the request Feb. 15. The Commonwealth said it asked for a list of all administrative employees who have either left or been hired since superintendent Viola Williams won […] [...]

Read the November 7th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — AN INDELIBLE IMPACT: Amy McCullough takes a look at how one man’s words more than 40 years ago may shape the economic future of Mississippi. Also in this week’s paper: >> KEMPER PLANT KEY IN HEATED PSC CONTEST: Adams makes false claims in attempt to win election — by AMY […] [...]

Barbour signs public records bill

by Associated Press Published: April 8,2010

Tags: public records, state government

JACKSON — Open-government advocates hope a new law will give people quicker access to most public records in Mississippi. Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill yesterday that says, starting July 1, government entities will be required to respond to records requests within seven working days rather than the current 14. For complex requests, the government […] [...]

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