Dyer Co. commission supports changing open meetings law - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Dyer Co. commission supports changing open meetings law

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - The Dyer County Commission wants to change the state's open meetings law to allow up to three members of its panel to deliberate privately.

The Tennessee Open Meetings Act requires any deliberation about public business by any number of government officials to be publicized and open to the public. It does not prohibit meetings among public officials for any purpose other than public business.

The Dyer commission voted 18-1 on Tuesday to support the recommendation made in November by a legislative panel tasked with suggesting changes to the state's open government laws.

Sponsoring Commissioner Alan Burchfiel says he hopes the commission's action will pressure state lawmakers to change the law when they consider the open government study committee's recommendations.

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