Dem leader wants GOP Senate caucus meetings open

8:18 AM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A top Democratic leader is calling on Republicans in the state Senate to make their caucus meetings public.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis wants the Open Meetings Act to apply to the Senate.

During the first day of session on Tuesday, Kyle made a motion to amend Senate rules to apply the act, but he withdrew the motion after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris agreed to take up the issue at a rules committee meeting on Wednesday.

Kyle says he's just trying to create more transparency in government. But some Republican Senate leaders say Kyle's motive is political because he's been on the rules committee for a number of years and never asked for a change.

Republicans have supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.

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