Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey speaks in his legislative office in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. The Blountville Republican said he may support changes to the state's open government laws to allow local officials more leeway to discuss official business in private.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he may support changes to Tennessee's open government laws to allow officials more leeway to meet about official business in private.

The Blountville Republican stressed to reporters this week that he's against weakening what is known as the Sunshine Law but said that local officials shouldn't have to fear legal action for discussing public matters outside of official meetings.

Ramsey didn't say which specific changes he'd support.

The Tennessee County Commissioners Association has called for changing the law to allow private meetings among officials as long as a quorum isn't present.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that he opposes changes to the state's 37-year-old open meetings law that prohibits officials from deliberating behind closed doors.