Governor-elect Lee Wants To Overhaul Public Records Law - Articles

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Posted by: William Hammond on Nov 19, 2018

Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee announced last week that he intends to overhaul public records and open meetings laws to reduce the number of public records exemptions and address fees and delays in fulfilling public records requests, WTVC reports. According to the Tennessee Comptroller's office the state currently has 538 open records exemptions, that is six time what existed 30 years ago. Tennessee hasn't made any significant changes to its public records law since 2008, when the law was amended to require government agencies to cite state law before they denied access to records.