Kyle wants GOP Senate caucus meetings open

Jan 9, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of Tennessee’s top Democrats is calling on Republicans in the state Senate to make their caucus meetings public.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis wants the Open Meetings Act to apply to the Senate.

During the first day of session yesterday, Kyle made a motion to amend Senate rules to apply the act, but he withdrew the motion after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris agreed to take up the issue at a rules committee meeting today.

Kyle says he's just trying to create more transparency in government. But some Republican Senate leaders say Kyle's motive is political because he's been on the rules committee for years and never asked for a change.

Republicans have supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.