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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 employee competent to fulfill the ...

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Hood, groups petitioning for change in open records law enforcement

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 ...

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Fighting gov't secrecy an ongoing battle

JEANNI ATKINS Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information OXFORD — Fast-moving world events remind us again how secrecy harms societies and how critical the free flow of information is to protecting citizens’ rights. As Egypt descended into anarchy, revolutions were being spawned in other countries. Efforts to impose secrecy on unfolding events by shutting down the Internet and attempting to ...

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