UPDATE: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville Mayor David Briley says it's his job to ensure the will of the voters is carried out by continuing to implement a community oversight board to investigate possible police misconduct.

Briley's office released a statement Tuesday in response to GOP state lawmakers recently introducing legislation that would limit the scope of local oversight panels and also make a large chunk of their work hidden from public scrutiny.

Briley says Nashville voters spoke "loud and clear" despite facing a very competitive election where the measure faced opposition from police unions and other influential political groups.

Currently, Nashville's oversight board allows subpoena power and dictates that four of the seven members should live in "economically distressed communities."

The first meeting of Nashville's oversight panel will be Feb. 12.

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PREVIOUS STORY: NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation limiting the powers of community oversight boards just months after Democratic-leaning Nashville passed a referendum establishing such a group to investigate police misconduct claims.

Republican Rep. Michael Curcio from Dickson said Monday the proposal will give statewide standards to oversight boards. He repeatedly denied the legislation was a direct response to Nashville.

Curcio made the announcement surrounded by House Speaker Glen Casada and other top GOP legislative leaders.

The proposal prevents oversight boards from having subpoena power, prohibits limiting membership based on demographics and ensures that all documents provided to the community oversight boards will be confidential.

Nashville's new oversight board allows subpoena power and dictates that four of the seven members should live in "economically distressed communities."

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