TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Sep 14, 2015

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said proposed legislation that would charge residents to inspect public records would “create obstacles for citizens seeking information about their own government,” the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. “We in public service must be transparent in our actions and our decision-making, and that includes providing easy and free access to public records,” Rogero said. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett submitted comments Friday with the Office of Open Records Counsel also stating charging to inspect records would hinder government accountability. The Office of Open Records Counsel created an online survey to collect opinions and will hold public meetings this week in Knoxville, Nashville and Jackson.