Bredesen signs bill to seal government workers' contact info - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bredesen signs bill to seal government workers' contact info

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen has signed into law a measure to close public access to state and local government employees' home addresses and telephone numbers.

The Senate voted 20-11 in favor of the bill sponsored by Sen. Raymond Finney after the Maryville Republican said he made revisions to ensure it would not include elected officials.

Finney said the measure was meant to protect government workers from harassment or stalking, but several Senate Democrats also expressed concern that the scope of the bill was too broad and that it wasn't clear whether the bill addressed a widespread problem.

The House approved the measure unanimously.

Bredesen, a Democrat, signed the bill into law on Thursday.

Read SB3668 on the General Assembly's Web site at: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

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