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

Senate approves bill to open TBI records in police-involved shootings

The Senate this week voted 30-0 to make TBI investigative records in police-involved shootings open to the public after the “prosecutorial function” is finished. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has an Continue Reading

Bill to bring transparency to TBI investigations of police shootings advances

A bill that would make public the investigative record of TBI investigations of police shootings after the case is over advanced in a House subcommittee today. The House Criminal Justice Continue Reading

Bill keeps TBI records about officer-involved shootings confidential unless police agree to release

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article referenced language in the original Senate Bill 2023 and House Bill 2091 that required the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to handle investigations into Continue Reading

Memphis presents policy to deny access to body cam video, moves forward with purchase

The Commercial Appeal reports today that the city of Memphis is moving ahead with a multimillion-dollar plan to equip its police officers with body cams, but also presented a policy Continue Reading