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Open Records Procedures

Reference Number: MTAS-444
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: March 22, 2013
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Tennessee law allows municipalities to adopt reasonable rules and regulations for providing copies of public records. Every municipality should adopt an open records policy. Such a policy will not only make records custodians clear on the procedures for providing records to constituents but also may alleviate citizen concerns about access. A municipality’s open records policy must, as a whole, harmoniously balance the municipality’s need to preserve and maintain records with the public’s right to inspect those records.