$70 Million Dollars in Federal Taxpayer Funds, License Plate Readers on Metro Nashville Council Meeting Agenda

The Metro Nashville Council has released their agenda for their February 1, 2022 meeting. $70 million dollars in taxpayer funds appropriations is on the agenda.

Other topics on the agenda include license plate readers, greenhouse gas reduction, zoning and more.

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Metro Nashville Council Passes Resolution Urging General Assembly to Reject Congressional Redistricting Plan, Considers License Plate Readers and Other Issues

Metro Nashville Council had their January 18 meeting where they passed a resolution urging the General Assembly to reject the proposed congressional maps that split Nashville amongst three congressional districts. It also considered issues like license plate readers, redistricting, board appointments, settlements for property damages, approval of grant applications, zoning, and other expenditures totaling millions of dollars.

Councilmembers Zulfat Suara and Ginny Welsch late filed a resolution “urging the Tennessee General Assembly to reject the redistricting plan splitting Davidson County into three congressional districts.” The Rules Committee had no objection to the inclusion of the resolution. The resolution passed by voice vote, with one no, and three abstentions. There was no major discussion on the resolution.

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Nashville Community Oversight Board Votes in Opposition to License Plate Readers

A majority of members on the Community Oversight Board on Monday voted against a measure to pass any license plate reader (LPR) bills.

The vote from the group comes as the Metro Council has proposed two separate bills that would allow the cameras to be installed around the city.

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Nashville Police Agencies Pitch for License Plate Readers

Law enforcement of Middle Tennessee has recently pitched for license plate readers to be allowed on Nashville streets. The group met on Thursday at the Midtown Hills Police Precinct and said that many of them already use license plate readers or LPRs. 

Residents of Nashville have voiced their concerns about the technology, some worried that “the cameras will lead to over-policing, racial profiling and an unnecessary invasion of privacy.” Many also said that the city should spend its money on more pressing topics, such as health care and education issues. 

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