Bill to strengthen open government laws moves forward in State Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Legislation that would update the state's open government laws is advancing in the Senate.

A measure sponsored by Sen. Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican, unanimously passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday.

The legislation would tighten open records laws, but makes no changes to current requirements for public meetings.

Stricter measures include setting a five-day time limit for government officials to either provide records or explain why they can't.

The companion version is scheduled for a House government subcommittee on Wednesday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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