NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he opposes efforts to water down Tennessee's open meetings law that bans city or county officials from deliberating over official business in private.
The Republican governor told reporters after a speech in Nashville on Thursday that his previous experience as Knoxville mayor gave him little reason to support an overhaul of the current rules.
The Tennessee County Commissioners Association is promoting a change that would allow closed-door talks among officials as long as a quorum is not present.
Commissioners in Obion, Lewis and Williamson counties have passed resolutions urging state lawmakers to make the change, while similar measures have failed in Anderson and Rhea counties. Several other resolutions are pending in counties around the state.