February 5, 2019 (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Following reports that Tennessee House Republicans have introduced legislation to revoke the subpoena powers of community oversight boards, Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini issued the following statement:
“This bill is a targeted attack intended to obstruct Nashville’s community oversight board that was established in the most democratic way possible — a ballot referendum in which 60 percent of Nashville voters favored the measure.
“The long-needed community oversight board stands to build trust between law enforcement and the populations they serve, and give members of Nashville’s community much-needed transparency. To obstruct the board’s ability to do its job exposes Speaker Casada and his caucus’ fraudulent claims to champion local control and government transparency.
“This initiative is just the latest example of the increasing trend of House Republicans, under Casada’s leadership, working to prevent and impede avenues of transparency, justice, and public scrutiny, three bedrocks of our democracy.”
- Tennessean (02/04/2019): “House Republican leadership announced Monday that they have filed legislation to limit citizen boards’ authority to compel witness testimony or issue subpoenas for documents, among other restrictions that would apply to any similar board around the state.”