Mississippi Code Title 77. Public Utilities and Carriers § 77-8-35. Inspection of records;  confidentiality;  investigations

(1) For the sole purpose of verifying that a transportation network company is in compliance with the requirements of this chapter and not more than annually, the commissioner shall have the right to visually inspect a sample of records that the transportation network company is required to maintain.  The sample shall include required records pertaining to up to fifty (50) transportation network drivers, provided that the transportation network company shall undertake best efforts not to share records about the same transportation network company driver during consecutive reporting periods.  If, after this initial review, the commissioner has a reasonable basis to conclude that the transportation network company is not in compliance with the requirements of this chapter, the commissioner may, upon reasonable notice, conduct a supplemental audit of records for an additional selection of transportation network company drivers.  The audit shall take place at a mutually agreed location in Mississippi.  The expenses of the examination shall be borne and paid by the transportation network company that is under examination.

(2) Documents, materials or other information, including, but not limited to, all working papers, and copies thereof, created, produced or obtained by or disclosed to the commissioner or any other person in the course of an examination made under this chapter shall be confidential by law and privileged, and shall not be subject to the Mississippi Public Records Act.  The commissioner is authorized to use the documents, materials or other information in the furtherance of any regulatory or legal action brought as part of the commissioner's official duties.

(3) In order to assist in the performance of the commissioner's duties, the commissioner may share confidential and privileged documents, materials or other information, with other state, federal and international regulatory agencies, and with state, federal and international law enforcement authorities, provided that the recipient agrees to maintain the confidentiality and privileged status of the document, material, communication or other information.  The commissioner may enter into agreements governing the sharing and use of information consistent with this subsection.

(4) No waiver of any applicable privilege or claim of confidentiality in the documents, materials or information shall occur as a result of disclosure to the commissioner under this section or as a result of sharing as authorized in subsection (3) of this section.

(5) In response to a specific complaint against any transportation network company driver or transportation network company, the commissioner is authorized to inspect records held by the transportation network company that are necessary to investigate and resolve the complaint.


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