Lawmakers Leery of Open Meetings Change

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- A key state senator opposes changing Tennessee law to allow more private meetings for members of public bodies.

A state panel appointed to improve the state's open meetings laws last week recommended weakening a provision that prohibits two or more members of a local government panel from meeting privately to deliberate on public issues. The panel instead voted to allow up to a quorum of a body to meet for discussions closed to the public.

Senator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge says it isn't something he favors. McNally heads the state's Open Government Committee.

The Tennessee County Commissioners Association supports the proposed change.

The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government is among those opposed to changing the "two or more" standard.

The Associated Press, which prepared this report, is a member of T-COG

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by James Walker Location: Newport on Oct 31, 2007 at 03:15 PM
    Why should a person who in effect is hired and answers to the people,have the audacity to take the position,I don't want them to see or hear what I or we are doing and therefore meet behind closed doors.wait a minute!! whose paying the bills here,this business has got out of hand,maybe we need to bring back the old tradition of ride um' out of town on a rail.oh' well we the People don't have enough sense to vote our own goverment in, so now, like everything else let a judge make the decision,I'm an old man,but I never thought I'd live to see our goverment hi-jacked,what a sad day it is.


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