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Lawmaker to try for more secrecy
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NASHVILLE (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who last year backed off a bill that would have allowed local officials to hold more closed-door meetings has renewed the effort, saying he's asked county commissioners to bring him a proposal that has a chance of passing a key subcommittee.Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin has a bill scheduled before the House State Government Subcommittee on Tuesday that could be amended to address local government officials' call for a bill to allow them to meet privately as long as a quorum isn't present.Williamson County Commissioner Bob Barnwell, who also spearheaded a similar attempt last year, has written to local government colleagues around the state urging them to encourage state lawmakers to pass such a measure.Casada told The Associated Press on Thursday he advised commissioners a bill in that form won't pass the subcommittee. He didn't specify what changes should be made, but said he’s “still negotiating.”“I’ve urged them to bring me something that the subcommittee can support,” he said. “Right now, I don’t have anything.”Current law forbids two or more members of a local legislative body from meeting privately to deliberate on public business.