Mississippi to shorten public-records request response window

Curry Andrews | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | April 1, 2010

The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill this week that cut the amount of time public agencies have to respond to open-records requests in half, Channel 11 WTOK reported.

If signed by the governor, the bill would amend the state's public-records law, which currently gives agencies 14 days to respond to records requests, to require a response within 7 days.

"Right now it's 14 days, two weeks; that's about the longest in the country and frankly in most cases it's too long to wait," Mississippi state Sen. David Blount told WTOK.