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.

"Open records are important to me, and I want to ensure that they are readily available," Tracy said in a statement. "There are bad actors on both sides of this issue, so I was glad to have all parties at the table trying to find language that would continue to allow records to be open and ensuring that they are available in a timely and proper manner." Continue>>>