Friday, January 06, 2017 12:06 AM

TENNESSEE ATTORNEY GENERAL OKS CAMPAIGN EVENTS ON STATE PROPERTY - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

NASHVILLE - Holding campaign fundraisers at the Tennessee governor's mansion and other state property is legal, Attorney General Herbert Slatery said in an opinion. Tennessee law "does not prohibit elected state officials from using state property, including the Executive Residence, for campaign-related activities," Slatery wrote in response to questions posed by state Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville. And in a second, unrelated legal opinion, responding to questions from state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, Slatery said social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter that are created and maintained by a municipality can be a matter of public record under the state's Open Records Act. "To the extent a municipal social media account is made 'pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business,' that account and any comments posted on the account constitute public records subject to inspection under the Tennessee Public Records Act [sic]," Slatery's opinion reads. With regard to the political fundraising issue, Clemmons requested the legal opinion after last year's use of the Curtiswood Lane mansion for a campaign fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Acting on the request of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Republican Gov. Bill Haslam ...

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