General Assembly members huddle over budget at restaurant, Associated Press says

In Advocacy on April 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

The Associated Press State Wire reported Monday that members of the Tennessee General Assembly met together at a Nashville eating establishment over the weekend to hammer out details as they work to finalize the state budget. With no public, no press and likely few dissenting voices, state legislatures did what would be illegal for county commissioners, city councilmen or members of a local board of education. However, the General Assembly exempts itself from the Open Meetings Act. AP’s Erik Schelzig wrote, “Tennessee lawmakers’ long tradition of meeting secretly to hash out budget plans is alive and well.” In contrast, local lawmakers are prohibited, by law, from deliberating any of the public’s business in private (T.C.A. 8-44-101).

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