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Hearings underway on new fees to view TN public records

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By ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - A series of hearings is underway on proposals to allow government entities to for the first time charge taxpayers to view public records in Tennessee.

The meetings are being held by the state Office of Open Records council at the behest of lawmakers who want to change regulations that allow custodians to charge for copies, but not for simply inspecting records.

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At the first hearing in Knoxville on Tuesday almost all of the 30 people who delivered comments spoke out against the change. The next hearings were scheduled for Nashville on Wednesday and Jackson on Thursday.

Ann Butterworth, the head of the open records office, has been asked to report back with her findings and recommendations when lawmakers return into session in January.

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