Media wants DCS death records provided at no cost

Media wants DCS death records provided at no cost


NASHVILLE (AP) - Media organizations have asked a Davidson County judge to require the state to furnish information about child deaths at no cost.

A successful lawsuit by The Tennessean, which was joined by a dozen other media groups, including The Associated Press, forced the Department of Children's Services to turn over information about deaths of children who had come in contact with the state agency.

State officials first said it would cost more than $55,000 to collect the information. Later, officials said the cost would be more than $34,000.

A filing by the media groups called the fee "grossly excessive" and asks Chancellor Carol McCoy to compel the department to provide the information at no cost.

The petition asserts the department's stance "thwarts a fundamental right of access to government records."

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