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Haslam Administration Sued for Refusing to Produce Open Records


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A corporate tax attorney is suing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration for refusing to produce documents under the Tennessee Open Records Act.

Brett Carter of the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings filed the lawsuit alleging a “willful violation” of open records laws in chancery court in Nashville on Wednesday.

Carter is seeking information used by the state Department of Finance and Administration in drafting the “Revenue Modernization Act” that Haslam has proposed to lawmakers this year. Both House and Senate committees are scheduled to hold hearings on the bill next week.

Legislative analysts project the proposal would raise $53 million for the state over the next two years, plus $7 million a year for local governments.

A Haslam administration spokeswoman declined to comment citing pending legislation.

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