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TN lawmaker again seeks to restrict public record requests deemed as 'harassments'

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Tennessee lawmaker again seeks to restrict public record requests deemed as 'harassments'

YUE STELLA YU | NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN | 11:26 am CST January 15, 2021

A bill seeking to restrict public records access for people deemed "harassing" is back before Tennessee lawmakers after similar legislation died last year.

legislation helps filter out frivolous requests, but open records advocates have cautioned the bill could erode public access to government documents and allow government entities to sue over requests they dislike.

Haile told The Tennessean the bill would free up resources otherwise used to fulfill "outlandish" requests. For example, he said, someone repeatedly requested documents from the Gallatin Police Department in 2019, so much so the department had set aside a computer only to process his requests.

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