Mississippi Freedom of Information

The Mississippi Public Records Act is a series of laws provided under Miss. Code Ann 25-61.  The law is designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of government bodies at all levels in Mississippi.  Pursuant to the Act, “it is the policy of this state that public records shall be available for inspection by any person unless otherwise provided by the chapter; furthermore, providing access to public records is a duty of each public body and automation of public records must not erode the right of access to those records.”

The Mississippi Open Meetings Act provides the methods by which public meetings are conducted.  Title 25, Chapter 41, Sections 1-17 of the Mississippi Code define the law.  The statement of purpose of the Open Meetings Act states, “it being essential to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government and to the maintenance of a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner, and that citizens be advised of and be aware of the performance of public officials and the deliberations and decisions that go into the making of public policy, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the State of Mississippi that the formation and determination of public policy is public business and shall be conducted at open meetings except as otherwise provided herein.”

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