Tenn. Panel Fails to Post Meeting Notices -- Commission Regulates State Law Enforcement
Loller, Travis, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
NASHVILLE - A state commission that recently was in court over allegations it crafted an immigration policy in secret hasn't regularly posted notices of upcoming meetings on its website during at least the past two years.
The Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission is the primary regulatory body for Tennessee law enforcement and usually meets monthly. Its duties include developing standards for law enforcement agencies statewide and certifying and decertifying officers.
An Associated Press review found there was no link to the commission's meeting notices from its primary webpage at tn.gov/ commerce/let/post.
Meeting notices from three months in 2010 and one in 2011 were posted in another section of the state government's website, but they were difficult to find. One of those notices was not posted until after a meeting had started, according to the posting date and time listed at the bottom of the notice. Another was posted less than 24 hours before the meeting it announced.
A few days after AP asked questions about whether POST was complying with the legal requirement to give the public adequate notice of meetings, notices of upcoming meetings appeared on the commission's main web page.
A POST spokesman would not discuss how the commission provides notice of its meetings, citing a lawsuit that recently forced the commission to overturn a jail policy it had created at meetings that were not announced to the public. …