Keeping public records open in Tennessee

The head of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government said Thursday the 111th state General Assembly “did no harm” to government transparency this year, but warned of possible threats to open government on the horizon.

Deborah Fisher, executive director of the coalition, said Tennessee lawmakers “took a step in the right direction” for protecting open records during the first half of their two-year session, which ended earlier this month. That came when the state House of Representatives approved a new process for adopting exemptions to the Tennessee Public Records Act that would give stakeholders an additional chance to voice their concerns. (Read more here…)