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

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