By ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press  

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam is defending a practice among his outsourcing advisers to avoid email correspondence to prevent information getting out to the public.

The Republican governor told reporters after an economic development conference this week that it's standard practice to warn new employees who have come to government from the private sector that all of their correspondence is subject to the open records law.

Haslam also reiterated his administration's long-held position that the public records law requiring disclosure of deliberative material applies to everyone in state government - except for the governor.

Haslam said the release of drafts and other deliberations can cause confusion as his administration mulls over privatizing operations at state office buildings, parks, colleges, prisons and armories. The governor insists that no decision has been made.

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