Bredesen Opposes Watering Down Open Government Laws

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Governor Bredesen says he doesn't want the Legislature to water down the state's open government laws.

Bredesen says local officials need to recognize that government works better in the open, even though it's sometimes less efficient to do so.

The governor's comments come a day after a legislative panel recommended changing Tennessee's open meetings law to allow local private meetings of up to three politicians to discuss public business -- and even decide how they will vote on issues.

If adopted by the Legislature, the measure would be a big change over the current law that does not allow officials to discuss public business in any private meetings, with some narrow exceptions.

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