Open records proposal passes Tennessee Senate committee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal to expand Tennessee's public records law is advancing in the Senate after the failure of an amendment that would have required open government advocacy groups to disclose more details about their memberships.

The bill unanimously passed the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday and is headed for a full floor vote.

The companion bill was also to be heard Wednesday in the House State and Local Government Committee.

Democratic Sens. Douglas Henry, of Nashville, and Jim Kyle, of Memphis, had argued that groups like the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and Common Cause of Tennessee should be required to give more comprehensive information about their memberships if they are to be added to an advisory panel on open government.

Frank Gibson, who heads the coalition, says such a requirement would bog down the committee. The Associated Press is a member of the coalition.

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