Republican leaders in the Mississippi House and Senate have denied a request for email correspondence and information about their schedules, saying the state Public Records Act does not apply to legislators.

Top Democrats in each chamber ignored identical records requests that The Associated Press submitted as part of a nationwide effort to test government openness to show who’s influencing policymakers.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, however, released schedule information and email for the requested week of Feb. 1-7. Some information was redacted, including cellphone numbers and recommendations about filling judicial vacancies. The governor’s office also waived the $130 cost of fulfilling the records request.



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