A BILL SPONSORED BY STATE SENATOR JEFF MULLIS IS DEAD FOR THIS SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.  SENATE BILL 159 WOULD HAVE ALLOWED SECRECY IN GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATIONS WITH BUSINESSES SEEKING TO LOCATE IN THE STATE.   MULLIS ALSO WORKS IN THAT ARENA, AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NORTHWEST GEORGIA JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
   

MULLIS SAID IF BUSINESSES ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR PLANS TO LOCATE LEAKING OUT, THEY WILL HEAD ELSEWHERE.  TENNESSEE ALREADY KEEPS SUCH NEGOTIATIONS SECRET.  HIS BILL WOULD HAVE KEPT INFORMATION ON A POTENTIAL BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY PROSPECT SECRET, UNTIL NEGOTIATIONS ARE COMPLETED.
   

BUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT FOUNDATION WAS AGAINST THE BILL… SAYING "THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO REVIEW INFORMATION IN THE HANDS OF ITS GOVERNMENT… AND THIS TYPE OF INFORMATION IS OF THE UTMOST INTEREST AND CONCERN TO THE COMMUNITY."