Legislation was introduced in the 2015 Session of the 109th General Assembly that would permit charges for inspection of public records under the Tennessee Public Records Act (TPRA). The Office of Open Records Counsel (OORC) agreed to undertake a review of the issues surrounding the inspection of public records. OORC has distributed surveys to citizens and governmental entities.
Now is your opportunity to provide valuable feedback and advocate for changes in the law governing public records requests.
To help gather input, the OORC has prepared a brief online survey. The responses from the survey will help in the preparation of the final report.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Cities should complete and submit a survey by clicking here
Also, the OORC will hold three public hearings, in conjunction with the Advisory Committee on Open Government, to gather additional feedback from Tennessee citizens, government entities and advocacy group representatives on five specific questions related to these issues.
Public hearings will be held:
Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Knoxville (4 – 6 p.m.)
12 Oaks Executive Park
5401 Kingston Pike, Building 2, Suite 350
Wednesday, Sept. 16 – Nashville (10 a.m. – Noon)
James K. Polk State Office Building
505 Deaderick St., 16th Floor, Video Conference Room
Thursday, Sept. 17 – Jackson (3 – 5 p.m.)
Lowell Thomas State Office Building
225 Martin Luther King Drive, Tower B, Conference Room 1
OORC will use information from the public hearings, as well as from e-mailed comments and the responses to the surveys, to prepare a report with recommendations to be delivered to the General Assembly by Jan. 15, 2016.