With some pushback, House subcommittee passes bill to allow public records requests by email

The House State Government Subcommittee passed with a voice vote on Wednesday a bill that would clarify the public records statutes to say that citizens could use email to send in their Continue Reading

Legislation would require government to accept records requests via email

State Rep. Courtney Rogers, R-Goodlettsville, has filed a bill that would end the practice of some government entities in Tennessee refusing to accept public records requests by email. The legislation, Continue Reading

Bill to scale back confidentiality of lottery sales

Legislation has been filed that would remove an exemption that makes the location of lottery sales secret under state law. The proposed bills (S.B. 563 / H.B. 575) by state Sen. Continue Reading

DA’s shutdown of public records on Gatlinburg fire goes too far

On Dec. 15, the district attorney for Sevier County issued a remarkable letter. In the most horrific disaster to ever afflict Gatlinburg, a firestorm on Nov. 28 swept into the Continue Reading

Office of Open Records Counsel finalizes model public records policy

The Office of Open Records Counsel has published a new model public records policy that can be used by government entities in establishing records policies, which are required by law Continue Reading