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Wed February 1, 2012
Bill to Close Grant Records Sent for Senate Vote
By Todd Hatton
Murray, KY – Republican Governor Bill Haslam's proposal to close records used to make grant decisions for companies is headed for a full Senate vote. The Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday voted 8-0 to advance the measure after making a change to allow the State Funding Board access to the information that would otherwise be shielded from public view. The board includes the comptroller, treasurer and secretary of state, all of whom are elected by state lawmakers. The panel must approve all large grants proposed by the Department of Economic and Community Development. Republican Sen. Bo Watson of Hixson said the change provides a balance between the legislative branches. Haslam has called for the public records changes as part of his plan to offer more cash incentives to companies to invest in Tennessee.