Tennessee Coalition for Open Government Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted in a story by the Commercial Appeal (later picked up by the AP) on the issue:
But Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition For Open Government, warned that changes to the Public Records Act open up a can of worms. Exemptions that are intended to be specific are often interpreted quite broadly by the officials in charge of those records. That means the officials won’t release information that is supposed to be public.
“It gets abused by people who don’t understand what the exemption was designed to protect in the first place,” Gibson said.
The state’s highest court has been asked to force the release of records pertaining to the $200 million in tax credits for the TNInvestco program, The Tennessean says.
Tennessee Coalition for Open Government Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted in the story:
Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said the case does raise important questions about access to public records.
“The information that they have collected would be considered, under any other scenario, public bidding information,” he said. “The public has a right to know what went into the decision of who $200 million in state money would go to.”