Panel could see bill to change open meetings law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A renewed effort is under way to change the state's Open Meetings Law.

Rep. Glen Casada has a bill scheduled before the House State Government Subcommittee on Tuesday that could be amended to address local government officials' call for a bill to allow them to meet privately as long as a quorum isn't present.

Current law forbids members of a local legislative body from meeting privately to deliberate on public business.

Casada backed off a similar bill last year.

County commissioners want the Franklin Republican to try again this year. But Casada has told them that proposal won't pass the subcommittee, and has asked them to give him a measure that could.

He didn't specify what changes should be made, but said he's "still negotiating."

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