Ethics bills would require lawmaker disclosure of gifts, including for travel

Two different sets of ethics legislation on House and Senate calendars this week would require more disclosure of gifts, including for travel, received by lawmakers from people with an interest Continue Reading

House committee passes bill allowing requests by email with some limits for “bad players”

The House State Government committee unanimously passed H.B. 58 this week, which would make clear that citizens may send records requests by email to records custodians. The email bill also contains Continue Reading

McNally, Harwell seek review of Tennessee open records exemptions

The speakers of the House and Senate have asked the Office of Open Records Counsel for a “thorough and comprehensive review” of the various exemptions to the Tennessee Public Records Continue Reading

New public records study: Problems with access and how to improve

A new public records study commissioned by the Knight Foundation and released today during Sunshine Week outlines key problems seen by freedom of information experts in access to public records across the Continue Reading