At a recent panel discussion hosted by the Tennessee Press Association, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell said they would be open to reviewing the hundreds of exemptions to the state’s public records law.
During the interaction, the leaders were pressed on the possibility of including a sunset provision on any new exemptions that are added to the public records law.
“I think that’s an idea that we need to probably pursue,” McNally said.
Senior Judge Robert E. Lee Davies ordered Metro Nashville to pay nearly $57K in attorneys fees to a public records requester, saying that the city “misinterpreted and ignored the ‘promptness’ requirement” in the Tennessee Public Records Act.
Davies found the city was willful in not complying with the law, a requirement for awarding attorneys fees in a public records lawsuit.
Changes to Tennessee law could force you to pay access fees to inspect public records.
Currently free, governments and municipalities are considering charging citizens fees to read and examine any records that are part of the typical governmental process, such as inspections, deeds and licenses. Continue>>>