Leaders wary of ‘Sunshine’ proposal

From The Mountain Press:

Williamson County, TN — An effort that could shut the public out of some small gatherings of government officials seems to be making little headway, with no local officials aware of the push and none willing to say definitively they would support it.

The proposal, reportedly being backed by Williamson County Commissioner Bob Barnwell who is president of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association, would allow up to half of an elected body to meet without inviting citizens in. The move is just another effort to weaken the state's 37-year-old "Sunshine Law," says Tennessee Coalition for Open Government Executive Director Frank Gibson.