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City says law requires garbage hauling bids be kept secret

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Officials in a southwest Mississippi city say a new part of state law means they don't have to publicly release the price of garbage hauling bids.

The Natchez Democrat reports that Natchez aldermen are only disclosing the names of the six bidders and no other information.

City Attorney Bob Latham tells the newspaper that a new law that took effect Jan. 1 bans the public disclosure of prices.

However, Mississippi Press Association lawyer Leonard Van Slyke tells the newspaper that the legal passage cited doesn't even apply to cities, but only state agencies.

Latham says the law lists the move as a "best practice" and says disclosing prices could hamper the city's ability to negotiate a better price.

He says the public can pass judgment once the decision has been made.

Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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