The state is about to make an historic change to the open records law after a process of reaching consensus. Here's how the City Paper describes the essence of Sen. Randy McNally's (R-Oak Ridge) bill: "The open records bill requires all records open to the public to be made available within five days. If the requested record were closed, the governmental agency would have to give the citizen an explanation on why the record is not public. Or, if it’s going to take longer than five days to fulfill the request, the governmental agency must tell the citizen how long it’s expected to take."
Here's the full story: http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/news.php?viewStory=59359