Open Records

State officials will add a provision to deals with companies to recoup taxpayer money if the companies fail to meet stated job creation goals, a spokesman for the Department of Economic and Community Development said.

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State officials point to planned improvements to mobile access and the state website’s search engine in demonstrating their commitment to being transparent to the public. But open government advocates say the state has a long ways to go.

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Tennessee makes it near impossible for taxpayers to see and understand online how their money is being spent, according to a study by U.S. PIRG. The state garnered 51 out of a possible 100 points in the group’s study of financial transparency, putting Tennessee near the back of the pack among the states.

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The Haslam administration is reviewing state departments’ policies for handling requests for public information. The governor says “blanket requests” for information are time-consuming.

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The Republican state representative from Kingsport says he’ll push the House Gov-Ops committee to subpoena investigation records into the legislative activities of he and another lawmaker.

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Since its launch in 2006, the panel charged with keeping government officials honest has looked into five ethics complaints and dismissed an unknown number of others.

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It would seem sort of strange that a high-profile news outlet — or,  for that matter, any ordinary citizen — would have to call in the hired legal guns to convince government officials to release something as basic as the names of people applying for a department-level director’s job. But that’s just what’s happened in […]

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Press Release from the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Aug. 24, 2010: ACLU-TN Fights to Open Memphis Records for the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network: Lawsuit Challenges Open Records Citizenship Requirement NASHVILLE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) today filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the […]

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Press Release from Sen. Lowe Finney, D-Jackson, March 4, 2010: Legislators shouldn’t see rates rise as families sacrifice NASHVILLE – Sen. Lowe Finney (D-Jackson) is calling for a freeze on lawmakers’ per diem rate until 2014, saying that legislators shouldn’t receive an increase in per diems until Tennessee’s economy fully recovers. “Tennessee families are struggling […]

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