At 10:00 the Court will hear the case of Cellular South v BellSouth Telecommunicatons.
The State of Mississippi has a multi-year contract with BellSouth to purchase telecommunications services. In 2015 Cellular South filed a public records request for the contracts between BellSouth and the State. BellSouth obtained a protective order in Hinds Chancery Court for those records and Cellular South appealed arguing that the records are not exempt pursuant to MCA Section 25-1- 100(5) which states as follows:
(5) Contracts for personal and professional services that are awarded or executed by any state agency, including, but not limited to, the Department of Information Technology Services and the Department of Transportation, shall not be exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983.
Watch the argument here