SEC. 75-71-111. Administrative files and opinions.
(a) A document is filed when it is received by the Secretary of State.
(b) The Secretary of State shall keep a register of all applications for registration and registration statements which are or have ever been effective under this chapter and all denial, suspension or revocation orders which have been entered under this chapter. The register shall be open for public inspection.
(c) The information contained in or filed with any registration statement, application or report may be made available to the public under such rules as the Secretary of State prescribes. Information in the possession of, filed with, or obtained by the Secretary of State in connection with any investigation or examination under this chapter shall be confidential and exempt from the requirements of the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983. No such information may be disclosed by the Secretary of State or any of his officers or employees unless necessary or appropriate in connection with a particular investigation or proceeding under this chapter or for any law enforcement purpose.
(d) Upon request and at such reasonable charges as he prescribes, the Secretary of State shall furnish to any person photostatic or other copies (certified under his seal of office if requested) of any entry in the register or any document which is a matter of public record. In any proceeding or prosecution under this chapter, any copy so certified is prima facie evidence of the contents of the entry or document certified.
(e) The Secretary of State in his discretion may honor requests from interested persons for interpretative opinions, or may issue determinations that the Secretary of State will not institute enforcement proceedings against certain specified persons for engaging in certain specified activities when the determination is consistent with the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of this chapter. The Secretary of State may charge a fee for interpretative opinions and no-action determinations.
SOURCES: Laws, 1981, ch. 521, Sec. 413; 1987, ch. 477, Sec. 3, eff from and after July 1, 1987. Laws, 1995, ch. 309, Sec. 2, eff from and after passage (approved March 8, 1995)