UPDATE: Lawmakers OK quicker response for Miss. records

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Open-government advocates are praising a bill designed to give citizens quicker access to Mississippi public records.

The final version of the bill passed the House and Senate Friday and goes to Gov. Haley Barbour.

Government entities would be required to respond to records requests within seven working days rather than the current 14.

For complex requests, the government could notify the person seeking the records that at least 14 working days would be needed.

Leonard Van Slyke, an attorney who’s on the advisory committee of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information, calls the bill “an important step forward” in government-access laws.

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The bill is House Bill 113.