TENNESSEE COURT: SECRECY OK

By: Mark Fitzgerald

Legislature’s Law Doesn’t Apply To Itself


Tennessee’s legislature enacted the state’s Open Meetings Act
– but it doesn’t have to abide by it, the state Court of
Appeals has ruled.

A three-judge panel ruled unanimously Jan. 11 that the act does
not apply to the General Assembly. Further, the judges ruled the
state Constitution permits legislators to hold closed meetings
whenever they wish.

A former television news director who, along with three news
organizations, brought the suit, said he would appeal. The suit
was filed after the General Assembly held secret meetings last
year on the state budget.



Mark Fitzgerald (mfitzgerald@editorandpublisher.com) is editor at large for E&P.



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