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November 14, 2012 9:29 AM

From The Tennessean:

An eight-month review of how the executive branch responds to requests for public records has resulted in Gov. Bill Haslam deciding not to make any major changes.
The Republican governor said in a recent interview with The Associated Press that his initial fears about the potential abuse of open-records laws had been allayed. Haslam said he has instructed his Cabinet to expedite records production to the public and the media and to try to keep costs as low as possible.
“The biggest problems that newspapers have isn’t with the state, for the most part. It’s more with local governments, particularly in the rural areas,” said Kent Flanagan, director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.
Flanagan applauded the governor’s decision not to impose across-the-board fees on records requests, but he noted that not all requests will necessarily appear reasonable to records custodians at first blush.

Tennessee Coalition for Open Government is a member of NFOIC.--eds.

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