Law requiring public records policy

T.C.A. § 10-7-503(g)

(g) No later than July 1, 2017, every governmental entity subject to this section shall establish a written public records policy properly adopted by the appropriate governing authority. The public records policy shall not impose requirements on those requesting records that are more burdensome than state law and shall include:

(1) The process for making requests to inspect public records or receive copies of public records and a copy of any required request form;

(2) The process for responding to requests, including redaction practices;

(3) A statement of any fees charged for copies of public records and the procedures for billing and payment; and

(4) The name or title and the contact information of the individual or individuals within such governmental entity designated as the public records request coordinator.

(Adopted in 2016. The legislation’s sponsors were state Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, and state Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville.)

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