Sullivan County officials decide against loosening open meetings

Sullivan County officials decide against loosening open meetings

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 8:03 pm

BLOUNTVILLE (AP) — Sullivan County commissioners have decided against a resolution that asked the General Assembly to loosen open meeting laws for county and city governments.
The commissioners approved the first reading of the ordinance last month. But according to the Bristol Herald Courier, several commissioners said Monday that people in the community opposed the idea. They said people were worried that the commissioners would meet behind closed doors.
The Tennessee County Commissioners Association has been pushing the effort. Commissioners in Williamson and Obion counties have approved similar resolutions. Rhea, Roane and Anderson commissioners voted against one.
The law currently forbids two or more officials on a local legislative body, such as a county commission or city council, from meeting privately to deliberate on government matters.
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Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com Published in The Messenger 12.20.11

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