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TPA attorney: Recording OK if it's not a distraction
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All government meetings can be recorded on camera, according to Tennessee Press Association attorney Rick Hollow, provided the person doing the recording isn’t creating a distraction.“They had an issue in Loudon County where they tried to restrict recording open meetings but it didn’t get very far,” said Hollow when asked by the Standard about restrictions that may prohibit a meeting from being recorded. “If it’s a public meeting, you have the right to record it or video it.”Hollow said there are times when restrictions can be enacted if the person doing the recording becomes a nuisance.“There is always the right to enforce discipline and order during a meeting,” said Hollow. “And it’s a legitimate concern if the recording becomes obtrusive.