Editorial: Law Director's Plan Makes No Sense

In an editorial, the News Sentinel says that a practice instituted by Knox County Law Director Richard "Bud" Armstrong "violates the spirit of the Tennessee Public Records Act and shows a lack of understanding of the law and how it is supposed to work." In September, Armstrong directed the county's independent officeholders to route all public records requests through his office. He contends that public records requests are on the rise and this will speed matters up. But the paper says it not only will slow requests down, it "makes no sense." In fact, the paper thinks that Armstrong's real reason is to find out what information journalists are requesting.