JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Starting this summer, people should have quicker access to most public records in Mississippi.
Gov. Haley Barbour signed a public records bill Wednesday saying government entities would be required to respond to records requests within seven working days rather than the current 14 days.
For complex requests, the government could notify the person seeking the records that at least 14 working days would be needed.
The new law takes effect July 1st.
Leonard Van Slyke, an attorney who's on the advisory committee of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information, has called the change "an important step forward" in government-access laws.
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