Mississippi House Advances Nice FOI Bill

A bill that passed the Mississippi House on Tuesday says public officials could have to pay fines out of their own pockets if they improperly close meetings that should be open.

Under current state law, taxpayers pay the fine – not the officials themselves.

The bill says the fine could be up to $500 for a first violation and up to $1,000 for any subsequent violation.

The bill also says anyone who denies someone access to public records may face a fine of up to $100 per violation.

The bill passed 119-0 and moves to the Senate. Senators passed a similar bill.


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