Proposed rule change could erode access to court records, lawyers say

Some of the state’s leading news media attorneys are concerned that a proposed expansion of rules on public access to court records in Tennessee is overly broad and could erode Continue Reading

Body camera footage inside schools, hospitals would be exempt under bill headed to governor

Legislation that would exempt some body camera footage from the Tennessee Public Records Act is headed to the governor’s desk for signature. The House and the Senate passed legislation that Continue Reading

Senate approves bill to open TBI records in police-involved shootings

The Senate this week voted 30-0 to make TBI investigative records in police-involved shootings open to the public after the “prosecutorial function” is finished. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has an Continue Reading

No tax-supported entity should get secrecy in spending

A shadowy situation has emerged in Chattanooga with an organization that manages millions of taxpayer dollars with no transparency and such a surprising disregard for accountability that one wonders what Continue Reading

5 things to watch in public records policies

To influence government, citizens must have access to information. In Tennessee, an important safeguard to that access is the state’s public records law. But sometimes that law gets ignored or Continue Reading