TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 10, 2019
The Tennessee Coalition of Open Government is accusing Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler of breaking the law whenever he and KCSO employees fulfill public records requests, Knoxnews reports. This came after lawyers for the county defended its practice of charging residents for public records inspections, which the state comptroller says should be free. The issue came up during lawsuit against the county filed by a University of Tennessee professor, in which lawyers for the county said repeatedly it would cost hundreds of dollars to inspect records that the professor requested. A state comptroller's report written in 2008 says charges can be assessed for the cost of making the copy or duplication and staff time after the custodian has spent at least one hour working on the request if the requester wants copies of the documents. If the requester wants only to inspect the documents, there is to be no charge.