Ryan Haynes Hates to Make Predictions, But….

Knox County commissioners have unanimously signed off on a resolution to notify local legislators they oppose any changes to Tennessee’s Open Meetings Act, reports the News Sentinel.
“I think it’s something we need to do, based on past history,” commission Chairman Mike Hammond said, referring to Black Wednesday when commissioners in January 2007 cut deals to replace some elected officials with friends, family and cronies.
The board of directors of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association recently voted to urge that state legislators revise current law so that members of local governing bodies can meet and discuss issues in private provided no quorum is present.
“I hate to make a prediction because anything can happen, but I don’t think this has the legs to pass,” said local delegation chairman and state Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, who doesn’t support weakening the law.
State Rep. Glen Casada, R-College Grove, has said he will sponsor the proposed change in the present statute, also known as “the Sunshine Law,” at the request of the Williamson County Commission. His home county’s commission unanimously approved a resolution urging the revision.

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