Bill to remove public notices in newspapers fails in committee

Threatening to remove public notices of meetings and other legal notices from newspapers can be a tactic to intimidate a press that has become critical of government. But lawmakers failed Continue Reading

Chattanooga lawmaker scolds Hamilton County commissioners for secret attempt to change law

State Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, pulled his bill, S.B. 1911, from consideration in a Senate committee Tuesday, saying the Hamilton County Commission had asked him and others in the Hamilton Continue Reading

Proposed Tennessee bills could close public records; a few open them up

Lawmakers of 109th General Assembly have filed a host of bills to block or hinder citizen access to public records in the hands of government. Several of the proposed Tennessee Continue Reading

Times Free Press: AG’s opinion gives Erlanger another bonus dilemma

Following is a reprint of today’s Chattanooga Times Free Press story about the AG’s opinion on requirements for public hospital boards under the Tennessee Open Meetings Act. The Times Free Continue Reading

Chattanooga lawmakers to seek AG opinion on hospital’s possible Open Meetings law violation

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported in a story that Chattanooga state lawmakers plan to seek an opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General on whether a local publicly funded hospital Continue Reading