Always a Bad Idea: Closing 911 Records

Looks like the Bad Exemption That Won’t Die has popped up again, this time in Tennessee:

Senate Bill 1665 sponsored by Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville and House Bill 1539 sponsored by Rep. Mike Sparks, R-Smyrna would short circuit public access to these important records. Sponsors of the bills argue that it is intended to protect the privacy of 911 callers. We would counter with: What about the right of the public to know what its publicly paid for government services are doing?



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