Editorial: Sunshine Law Needs Uniformity, Penalties

In an editorial, the News Sentinel points out some “flaws” in the Tennessee Open Meetings Act that need to be addressed, for instance that there is no policy or law directing the 200 or more boards and commissions subject to the law to uniformly inform the public of their meetings. And, the paper says, there are no penalties for violations. The editorial praises Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed revisions to his administration's policy to create a uniform statewide protocol for responding to records requests.