Deborah Fisher named director of Tennessee Coalition for Open Government

From The Republic: NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The former senior news editor at The Tennessean has been chosen to lead the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.

TCOG President Doug Pierce said the group is glad to have someone of Deborah Fisher’s experience and passion for open government as the coalition’s new executive director.

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Frank Gibson: No excuse for Hendersonville’s public records saga

From The Tennessean: It has always troubled me that ignorance of the law can be used as a legal defense for not complying with the Tennessee Public Records Act.

That absurdity came back a few weeks ago when The Hendersonville Star News reported on a brouhaha that had been raging for months between Hendersonville city officials and a group of local residents. The issue was whether (and how much) the city could charge to produce copies of public records.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 5, 2012

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:

Advocates fight to keep Georgia archives open to public

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for August 31, 2012: Open government news from the states

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:

Know Your Rights: Open Records in Rhode Island

What is APRA?: The Access to Public Records Act, or APRA, is the Rhode Island state law that gives individuals the right to see and obtain public records. The law provides guidelines for obtaining access to these records, and also defines which records are subject to public inspection and which are exempt.

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