NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Most people quizzed recently about open-government laws aren't aware of an out-of-state restriction on Tennessee records.
Nearly three-fourths of those who took an online quiz didn't know that only Tennessee citizens are guaranteed access to public records from state and local governments.
The findings are from the Tennessee Sunshine Quiz, sponsored by the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government through the support of the Tennessee Press Association, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and The Associated Press.
Open-government advocates would like to see the citizens-only requirement removed from Tennessee's Public Records Act. They say the restriction makes it difficult for out-of-state requesters to obtain records on issues of broad public interest or for commercial purposes.
The quiz coincides with Sunshine Week, an annual initiative to promote greater government transparency.