published Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Bill in Tennessee House to change open meetings law withdrawn

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Republican lawmaker who last year backed off a bill that would have allowed local officials to hold more closed-door meetings has withdrawn a similar measure this session.

Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin withdrew the legislation in the House State Government Subcommittee today. His proposal last year sought to allow local government officials to meet privately as long as a quorum isn’t present.

He eventually withdrew the measure following concerns from the governor and Senate and House speakers, all Republicans.

Casada said he has been trying to work with county commissioners to craft legislation that might pass the subcommittee, but acknowledged today no compromise has been reached. He said he will study the matter over the summer.

Current law forbids two or more members of a local legislative body from meeting privately to deliberate on public business.

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