Just last week, I was saying that reporters should file requests to see what public records others are requesting. Well, if you cover the City of Savannah, you can totally ignore that advice because the city is now posting the requests online.
Savannah Morning News reporter Eric Curl says the city has already posted public records requests from “a diverse bunch of lawyers, business owners, journalists and curious citizens,” including the requesters’ first and last names and city and state.
“One Tennessee man wanted to know the dates he got married and subsequently divorced about four decades ago,” Eric writes. “Others sought information about code violations, environmental studies, restaurant openings and crime.”
The city isn’t stopping there. It hopes to eventually post the actual records that people requested.
Do any government agencies do this in your area? If so, I’d love to know about it. Reach me on Twitter @RecordsGeek or at firstname.lastname@example.org.