Tennessee Audit finds long delays for public records assistance

The state office responsible for helping Tennesseans gain access to public records and entrance to government meetings isn't keeping up with its workload — in some cases lagging more than a year behind in responding to citizens' requests for help, an audit released Wednesday found.

The Office of Open Records Counsel is experiencing a "significant backlog in reviewing and responding to open records inquiries," the audit noted. The office's "inability to provide expeditious responses could impede the office's mission to provide critical information to citizens, media, and government offices regarding public records and open meetings." Continue…