Hamilton County Commissioners received a letter from the county attorney today warning that proposed changes to the states open meetings law could hamper the way they do business.
County Attorney Rhuebin Taylor forwarded to commissioners a copy of the Tennessee County Services Associations Feb. 27 newsletter. He and County Mayor Claude Ramsey encouraged commissioners to review the matter and call local legislators with their input.
According to this article, if these amendments are adopted, the way counties and cities do business will be greatly hampered and restricted; and individual elected officials could face personal liabilities, Mr. Taylor said in the letter.
The new law would, among other things, impose a $50 penalty for violations of the open records law and would clarify what constitutes an open meeting.
The County Services Associations newsletter said there are many unintended consequences and that it would unfairly place the burden on public officials to prove they werent violating the law.