Using cell phones to take pictures of public records? Here’s what the Open Records Counsel says

Earlier this year, Tennessee Coalition for Open Government requested an informal advisory opinion from the Office of Open Records Counsel about taking pictures of public records with cell phones. We Continue Reading

Memphis considers using code names for companies getting economic development incentives

The Economic and Development Growth Engine Board for Memphis (EDGE) is seeking at Attorney General’s opinion on whether it can use code names to keep secret from the public the Continue Reading

Questions about photography ban, ID requirement prompts committee to stop agency’s public records rules

The Joint Government Operations Committee voted today to ask the Department of Financial Institutions to hold a public hearing on its rules related to public records requests after questions about Continue Reading

TCOG lists 13 exemptions, exemption categories that need revision or elimination

Tennessee Coalition for Open Government recently provided the Open Records Ad Hoc Committee 13 exemptions or categories of exemptions that are interfering with the public’s right to know what government Continue Reading

Should reporters censor information from government proceedings? Of course not

The Tennessee Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Oct. 4 in an important case involving state libel laws and a free press. The appeal before the state’s highest court Continue Reading