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Tennessee Legislature Approves New Public Records Law

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The Tennessee legislature approved and sent to the governor the first major revision of its open records law in 25 years. The new law is not as strong as open government advocates hoped but Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government said it would lift the state from having the fourth worst law nationally to “potentially the 10th best.” It gives officials seven days to respond to a records request and creates an ombudsman’s office. (5/21/08)