TN: Bill easing open records requests passes House committee

A bill making it easier for Tennesseans to make public records requests passed an important hurdle Wednesday on its way to becoming law.

The House State Government Subcommittee recommended passage of a bill sponsored by Rep. Courtney Rogers, R-Goodlettsville, that would require records custodians that accept requests "in writing, to accept a handwritten request submitted in person or by mail, an email request, or a request on an electronic form submitted online."

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Knoxville News Sentinel wins national FOI award

From Knoxville News Sentinel:

The News Sentinel received the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press Managing Editors during the journalism organization’s national convention this week in Nashville.

The award recognizes journalists or newspapers who advance freedom of information, make good use of FOI principles or statutes, or significantly widen the scope of information available to the public.

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