Sunday, May 03, 2009

Tennessee's Red-State General Assembly Moving to Shut off Public Access to Information

According to the Times Free Press, the Republican-controlled General Assembly is attempting to make Tennessee a closed society, effectively dropping an iron curtain between Tennesseans and information of public interest:
Information about the estimated 220,000 Tennesseans authorized by the state to carry loaded handguns in public isn’t the only thing state lawmakers want to shield from residents.

Legislative records show lawmakers have sponsored more than a dozen other bills this session to shut off various types of public information or meetings.

They range from a proposal to let police keep initial reports out of public hands on incidents such as home burglaries to a bill to allow civil service panels to deliberate secretly over what to do with government employees in administrative hot water.

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