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"Open" meetings should be preservedPosted Monday, October 22, 2007, at 10:14 AM
Some of the individuals who are supposed to be serving us want to escape into secrecy...again.
The state legislatureâ€™s open meetings subcommittee of yet another committee will be listening to proposals concerning the stateâ€™s â€śSunshine Lawâ€ť on Tuesday.
â€śThe Tennessee Municipal League, which represents cities, and the Tennessee County Commissioners Association want the legislative panel to require a quorum of a body before open meetings law applies,â€ť the Associated Press reports.
In other words, that leaves a huge loophole in which authorities could meet in small groups rather than a body, hit the cell phones and/or e-mail, bounce proposals off each other and make decisions. Then, when meeting in a full group, they go through the motions of a â€śpublic discussionâ€ť before acting as if a (previously-made) decision is actually being made at the meeting.
The state needs the strictest limitations on any â€śmeetingsâ€ť taking place away from the public eye. Our people deserve no less.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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