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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A bill under consideration by the Tennessee General Assembly is creating tension between the governor and an East Tennessee newspaper.

The Governor’s staff has declined to release some records about legislation meant to overhaul the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press says the governor's office sought advice from nearly a dozen of the groups regulated by the agency about the proposed legislation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This is Sunshine Week in Tennessee, a celebration of efforts to keep government business transparent. Sunshine Week is observed annually by news organizations and open government advocates.

The statutes that regulate public and media access to government information are often referred to as Sunshine Laws.  Tennessee’s sunshine law was adopted in 1974 in reaction to the Water Gate scandal.