TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 7, 2019
Tennessee House Majority Leader William Lamberth is sponsoring a bill that an open government advocate is concerned may harm the public's access to government records, The Tennessean reports. The bill would allow a custodian of records to petition a court for an injunction if the person requesting the documents is seen as harassing the government official. It defines harassment as someone who files three or more public records requests in a year, would have to be abusive or threatening, as would their conduct, and their request would be "not made in good faith or for any legitimate purpose." Deborah Fisher, executive director for Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, responded, saying that "requesting to see public records shouldn't come with the risk of getting sued by a government official."