New legislation allows Knox County officials to hold meetings via chat rooms so long as the public has access and messages are stored for one year, knoxnews.com reported.
County commissioners, city councilmen and school board members across the state are authorized to hold conferences via computer, so long as the public can read what they say, under legislation that has now cleared both the House and Senate.
The bill (HB533) expands statewide a law that now only applies to Knox County. It is sponsored by Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, and Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge.The House approved the measure 97-0 last week. Senate approved the measure 30-3 today, after adding a minor amendment. That means the measure will have to return to the House for concurrence on the amendment before the bill goes to the governor for his signature.