Photographing public records to save time a big no-no in Tennessee

In Tennessee, people can inspect public records for free, but grabbing a photo could cost them.

As often as Tennessee officials gripe about copying these records, one might think common sense would prevail. Copying these records, officials say, is such a burden they have no choice but to charge fees — often as high as $1,000.  Continue>>>

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Tennessee: Hearings could force charges to public to inspect government records

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>>>

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Tennessee Sen. Jim Tracy sends open records bill to summer study

Legislation allowing local governments to charge fees for access to public records was pulled from debate this session for summer study designed to prepare a comprehensive open records bill.

State Sen. Jim Tracy, a Bedford County Republican who sponsored the measure, took the bill off notice recently after holding several meetings with interested groups such as Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and Tennessee Press Association.

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Tennessee Sen. Jim Tracy sends open records bill to summer study

Legislation allowing local governments to charge fees for access to public records was pulled from debate this session for summer study designed to prepare a comprehensive open records bill.

State Sen. Jim Tracy, a Bedford County Republican who sponsored the measure, took the bill off notice recently after holding several meetings with interested groups such as Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and Tennessee Press Association.

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Bill to allow new public records fees pulled from Tennessee House

House Bill 315 and its companion in the Senate is a top legislative priority for the Tennessee School Boards Association. Before pulling the bill, McDaniel kept the idea of new public records fees alive by saying the Office of Open Records Counsel has agreed to conduct public hearings in conjunction with the Advisory Committee on Open Government this summer on the proposal, and make a recommendation on the bill by January 2016.

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