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VOL. 123 | NO. 31 | Thursday, February 14, 2008

Lawmakers Began Hearing Open Government Legislation

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawmakers have begun evaluating proposals to change Tennessee's open government laws.

The measures sponsored by Sen. Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican, were heard Wednesday by the Senate's Government Operations Committee.

McNally was chairman of the Open Government Study Committee, which helped craft the bills.

The two measures discussed Wednesday are similar in several ways, including writing into law the newly created open records ombudsman's office.

But one would allow up to three officials of a body to meet privately to discuss public business, while the other adheres to current law.

Currently two or more members of a public body such as city councils or county commissions are prohibited from discussing public business in private.

Read the full texts of SB3275 and SB3280 on the General Assembly's Web site at: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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