Rep. Burchett introduces first House bill, aims to increase TVA transparency

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Congressman Tim Burchett introducing his first bill as a U.S. Congressman.

The bill focusing on openness and transparency in regards to Tennessee Valley Authority board meetings.

The bill sets out to amend the Tennessee Valley Authority act of 1933 to include a section on transparency. More specifically, the bill seeks to require meetings and subcommittee meetings of the TVA board of directors to be transparent and open to the public.

“It is a public entity. They need to act like any other government agency and they need to have open meetings, open records,” Burchett said. “When they don’t do that, there’s no indication that what they are doing is illegal, but that’s what sunshine laws are about.”

We reached out to the Tennessee Valley Authority about this new bill. 

They said in part, “TVA works hard to be transparent while serving nearly 10 million people across seven states. In addition to public meetings on a host of topics and the TVA board of directors’ public listening sessions and business meetings, we offer numerous public comment periods associated with potential policies and actions, provide simple instructions for submitting Freedom of Information Act requests and file detailed financial reports with the securities and exchange commission.”

This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available. 

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