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Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Victory In Tennessee, But...

If you want evidence of how important FOI reform in Tennessee is, just review the facts of this one case:

In a sweeping verdict Tuesday, a jury found that the Knox County Commission violated the state's Open Meetings Act when members privately discussed how to fill a dozen appointments for term-limited offices before casting a public vote in January.

The verdict nullifies the appointments, which included several relatives of retiring or sitting commissioners and deputies of former officeholders.

More here.

Sooo....the county commission essentially goes off the whole democracy grid, choosing to "privately" interview "candidates" for public offices? Amazing. Simply amazing.

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