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Greg Beck

Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Beck says "the Sunshine law stinks."

And at least two other commissioners agree.

During a discussion concerning a resolution to replace chairs in Hamilton County Criminal and Sessions Courts today, Beck criticized the state's Open Meetings Law saying commissioners should be able to communicate about county business outside of open meetings and by telephone during public meetings.

"The Sunshine Law stinks. We should be able to talk," Beck said saying commissioners should be able to reach consensus on issues before they vote in public.

Commissioners Warren Mackey and Sabrena Smedley agreed.

The law is in place to ensure elected officials cannot make decisions concerning public business in private, behind closed doors.

After the comment, Beck said he would "take to task" anyone who disagreed with him, "because it was put on us by people who don't even follow it themselves."

The Tennessee General Assembly is not subject to the Open Meetings Act. 

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