Friday, February 20, 2009

Are TN Legislators Commited to Open Records?

Tennessee Center for Policy Research says NO!!


NASHVILLE - More than half of the members of the Tennessee General Assembly failed to comply with a recent open records request, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

In an open records request sent to all 132 state lawmakers on January 26, legislators were asked to allow for the review of a screen shot of their legislative email address' "inbox" and "sent items" folders. Only 60 of the 132 state lawmakers complied with the open records request.

"It's an insult to the residents of this state that the lawmakers who work for us ignore the laws that keep government accountable and transparent," said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson. "It certainly makes me wonder what these lawmakers have to hide."