On Friday State Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Cookeville), Chairman of the Tennessee House Republican Caucus, responded to The Tennessee Star’s request that Monday’s scheduled meeting of the Caucus to discuss Speaker Glen Casada be open to the public and available for live audio and video broadcasts.
In a letter to Sexton dated Thursday, May 16, The Star wrote, “The proceedings of the May 20 House Republican Caucus meeting are almost certain to be made available to selected media outlets. The effect of your granting our request will be to guarantee that all media outlets will be able to have live access to those proceedings, not a select few.”
Sexton provided The Star with this statement in response Friday morning:
Thank you for the letter. As is customary in caucus meetings and was the case earlier this week when the Black Caucus met with Speaker Casada in a closed meeting–caucus meetings can be and have been closed for internal discussions. The Democrat Caucus as well as the Republican Caucus have held some caucus meetings closed over the decade for internal discussions.
Members have requested a closed door meeting which I will honor.
However I will take your letter under advisement and greatly appreciate you expressing your thoughts on this matter.
You can read the May 16 letter from The Tennessee Star to Chairman Sexton here:GOP Caucus Chairman Cameron Sexton Letter from The Tennessee Star May 16
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