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

Johnson City Press’ Robert Houk: Sunshine Law requires officials to be seen and heard

The Johnson City Press Opinion Page Editor Robert Houk penned a strong column on the need for governing bodies to make sure citizens can hear their deliberations during a public meeting. Continue Reading

TCOG, SPJ-East TN: Arguments in Open Meetings case make a mockery of state’s Sunshine Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2014 CONTACTS:  Deborah Fisher, executive director, Tennessee Coalition for Open Government,, (615) 602-4080; Michael T. Martinez, president of the East Tennessee Professional Chapter of the Society Continue Reading

Greene County IDB argues citizens don’t have a right to hear deliberations at public meetings

The County Industrial Development Board of Greeneville and Greene County is arguing in a lawsuit that the Open Meetings Act does not require that citizens be able to hear deliberations Continue Reading