Tracy legislation could add costs to open records searches

Legislation backed by Sen. Jim Tracy could make obtaining or inspecting government documents even more difficult and expensive, critics of the bill say.

Tracy, a Bedford County Republican, said he is sponsoring Senate Bill 328 at the request of the Tennessee School Boards Association, primarily to cut down on excessive records searches. It would change the state's open records law to allow government entities to charge for public requests to inspect or view public records, in addition to obtaining copies, which is already covered under state law.

The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government is concerned that the legislation, as written, provides no protections for people asking to see public records. Continue>>>