Column: Lawmakers give Advisory Committee on Open Government opportunity for new life

A decade ago, in the spring of 2008, the Legislature created the Advisory Committee on Open Government to provide guidance to the newly created Office of Open Records Counsel. The Continue Reading

Bill to allow more meetings of Advisory Committee on Open Government wins approval

The Advisory Committee on Open Government will be allowed to meet more frequently and at the call of co-chairs under legislation that has won approval from both the Senate and Continue Reading

New laws passed in 2017 affect access to public records

TCOG Legislative Report 2017 Following is a summary of new laws affecting access to government information. They include 7 new exceptions to the Tennessee Public Records Act, 2 existing exemptions partially Continue Reading

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

Watch the video, read excerpts, from House Committee meeting on body cam video

Discussion by members of the House State Government Committee about body cam video legislation that would close access to records mostly centered on how best to avoid advancing the bill Continue Reading