Meeting Notices Sporadic, Even with Sunshine Law

According to an Associated Press analysis, the way officials post notices for public meetings is sporadic and often not prominently placed. Tennessee's Sunshine Law requires “adequate public notice” of government meetings, but it does not specify when or how that notice should be distributed. And there is no one in state government tasked with making sure the state’s various public bodies comply. Further, the report says, there is no penalty for violating the law, even intentionally. The only remedy if a panel takes an action at a secret meeting is for a citizen to sue to have that action overturned. Read more in the Tennessean.

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