From The Republic:
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — A push to dilute Tennessee's open meetings law is based on a misunderstanding of restrictions now on the books, an open government advocate said.
Frank Gibson, founding director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said the law does allow local officials to have a phone conversation or lunch but not to negotiate for their votes.
Tennessee Coalition for Open Government is a member of NFOIC. — eds.