Records must be turned over promptly; can’t be held for 7 days without a practical reason

$56,884.55 of taxpayer money was awarded to an attorney because Metro Nashville’s police department records division used the 7 day timeframe in the State of Tennessee’s open records law to delay releasing what could have promptly been made available in less time.  Local governments and state agencies should stop withholding records when they can be released.  The people who withheld the records should be made to pay the attorneys fees instead of the taxpayers.

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