Tennessee approves funding to address open records backlog

In an attempt to alleviate a backlog of open records requests, a Senate committee on Tuesday granted Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson additional funding dedicated to hiring two new employees who will be tasked with addressing the issue.

During the comptroller’s annual budget presentation to the Senate finance committee, Wilson requested $264,000 to specifically hire the employees for the Office of Records Counsel, which is overseen by Wilson’s office.

“We simply don’t have the capacity to deal with all the demands that are put on this office,” he said while explaining his request. Continue…