Now is the time to address runaway labor fees to access public records

An editorial published in the Sunday editions of the three largest newspapers in Tennessee sent a message about public records: Now is the time to address the inadequate system of charging Continue Reading

Jackson Sun gets $1,600 public records bill after requesting to see accreditation emails at UT-Martin

The Jackson Sun in a Sunday editorial called for reform of the state’s public records fee schedule after getting a $1,600 public records bill for copies of emails about University of Tennessee at Continue Reading

So what ever happened to the fees to inspect bill?

Last year at this time, open government advocates in the state had successfully convinced lawmakers to delay action on an ill-conceived proposal to allow government to charge fees to inspect Continue Reading

15 decisions on public records by the Tennessee Legislature in 2016

This year, Tennessee lawmakers punted on public records bills that could have created new access rights to see police body camera video and files of finished investigations into officer-involved shootings. Continue Reading

Vanderbilt Poll: 85 percent of Tennesseans think no fee should be charged to inspect public records

A Vanderbilt University poll recently found that 85 percent of Tennesseans think inspection of public records should remain free for citizens. Two lawmakers filed bills this year that proposed allowing Continue Reading