From Tennessee Coalition for Open Government: Proposed rule change could erode access to court records, lawyers say

Some of the state’s leading news media attorneys are concerned that a proposed expansion of rules on public access to court records in Tennessee is overly broad and could erode access at the trial court level.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has proposed changing Rule 34 “Policies and Guidelines Regarding Appellate Judicial Records,” which defines certain court records not open for inspection, such as unpublished drafts of judicial orders and opinions, for appellate courts.


New public records exemptions at a glance

From Naple Daily News:  A dozen bills dealing with public record exemptions were approved by state lawmakers during the 2013 legislative session. Here’s a quick look at those bills:

■ SB 4: Creates a temporary exemption for written referrals of possible ethics violations submitted to the state ethics commission.



NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for June 7, 2013

A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.


Bulldog open records lawsuit continues


Wyoming press and government battle over open government exemptions

From WyoFile:

An analysis of public records policies within the State Integrity Investigation done by the Center for Public Integrity “reveals that, in state after state, the laws are riddled with exemptions and loopholes that often impede the public’s right to know rather than improve upon it.”

Wyoming has its share of exemptions, and open-records advocates say many of those are legitimate, but abused.