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VOL. 39 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 13, 2015

Haslam won't weigh in on secret meetings in Tennessee House

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is refusing to weigh in on whether it's proper for state House committees in to hold secret "pre-meetings" to discuss pending legislation.

The governor told reporters after an economic development announcement on Tuesday afternoon that he will let the GOP-controlled House and Senate "decide how they do business themselves."

Joint reporting by the state's four largest newspapers and The Associated Press this week revealed that at least 10 of 15 House committees have been holding regular pre-meetings without giving notice to the public about their times or locations.

Supporters say the pre-meetings allow free-flowing discussion about bills without lobbyists, the media or parliamentary procedure. But without public access, it's impossible to verify whether lawmakers are keeping promises that they are not predetermining the outcome of later votes.

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