A member of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform has been complaining loudly about the requirement that the panel always meet in public to discuss its plan, according to reports.

Panel member Bill Frenzel, a former Minnesota Congressman, has said that the federal sunshine laws governing presidentially appointed panels were a huge restriction on the panel's work. Frenzel, who also served on President Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security, said that if all nine members had been able to meet privately, the final report might have provided more details about the best way to carry out meaningful tax reform.

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