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

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

Performance evaluation of UT-M chancellor off limits to public under new law

The Jackson Sun hit a public records roadblock in its ongoing probe into the accreditation problems at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Here’s the short story: Tom Rakes resigned 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

Bill clarifies Comptroller exemption for confidential audit work

An existing exemption that makes confidential audit work in the Comptroller’s Office is being expanded to also include records from surveys, but won’t include surveys done by the Office of Open Continue Reading