2007 Regular Session
To: Judiciary A
By: Representative Holland
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 45-29-1, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE FOR THE RELEASE OF EXEMPT RECORDS WHEN THE REASON FOR NONDISCLOSURE NO LONGER EXISTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 45-29-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
45-29-1. (1) Records in the possession of a public body, as defined by paragraph (a) of Section 25-61-3, which are not otherwise protected by law, that (i) are compiled in the process of detecting and investigating any unlawful activity or alleged unlawful activity, the disclosure of which would harm such investigation; (ii) would reveal the identity of informants; (iii) would prematurely release information that would impede the public body's enforcement, investigative or detection efforts in such proceedings; (iv) would disclose investigatory techniques; (v) would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication; (vi) would endanger the life or safety of a public official or law enforcement personnel; or (vii) are matters pertaining to quality control or PEER review activities, shall be exempt from the provisions of the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983.
(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent any and all public bodies from having among themselves a free flow of information for the purpose of achieving a coordinated and effective detection and investigation of unlawful activity. Where the confidentiality of records covered by this section is being determined in a private hearing before a judge as provided for by subsection (2) of Section 25-61-13, the public body may delete or separate from such records the identity of confidential informants or the identity of the person or persons under investigation.
(3) Records involving felonies exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983 including incident reports of law enforcement may be released for public access upon written request if the reason for the nondisclosure of such information no longer exists.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2007.