sunshine laws

7:00am

Wed June 6, 2012
Opinion

Burriss on Media: Open Meetings

Dr. Larry Burriss
MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  It’s amazing sometimes how what we think of as obscure laws can have such unforeseen consequences. For example, all of a sudden the Tennessee Open Meeting law is in the news, with some unexpected results.

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7:09am

Wed January 18, 2012
Speaker Harwell Convinces Casada to Drop Bill

No Changes to Tenn. Sunshine Laws This Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell is voicing opposition to efforts to water down Tennessee's open meetings laws. She’s calling on a Republican colleague to drop a bill that seeks to make changes to the current rules.

Spokeswoman Kara Owen said in an email yesterday that Harwell doesn’t support efforts to allow members of local governments to meet behind closed doors as long as a quorum isn't present.

Owen says Harwell has spoken to Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin and that Casada agreed not to pursue the bill this year.

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11:42am

Thu October 13, 2011
Attorney Alfred Knight Dies

Father of Tenn. Open Government Laws Dies

Nashville attorney Alfred H. Knight III shaped many of the laws that forced Tennessee to open records and meetings to the public and journalists.