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Virus concerns lead to `public’ meetings without the public

Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, left, has his temperature taken by Scott Wyatt, of the Tennessee Department of Health, before Kelsey entered a room last week for a news conference concerning the state's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nashville, Tenn. AP Photo by Mark Humphrey

First, Oklahoma lawmakers excluded the public from the Capitol because of coronavirus concerns. Then with the public gone, lawmakers made an emergency change to the state’s open-meetings law to let all governmental entities meet via video or teleconference, so long ...

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