Legislation That Would Make It More Difficult for Metro Nashville Citizens to Amend Charter Fails

Jeff Yarbro

Legislation that would make it more difficult for Metro Nashville citizens to amend their city charter failed in a key Senate committee and is effectively dead for the year.

SB2544, which failed to pass out of the Tennessee Senate State and Local Government Committee, proposed to eliminate exemptions to the requirements for recall, referendum, or initiative in Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 2 that allow Metro Nashville’s charter to govern the signature requirement process.

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Democrat-Sponsored Legislation Would Make It More Difficult for Metro Nashville Citizens to Amend Charter

Democrat-sponsored legislation that would make it markedly more difficult for Metro Nashville citizens to amend the Metro charter is set to be considered by a key state Senate committee.

The measure increases petitions signature requirements to trigger Metropolitan charter amendment ballot referendums in Davidson County. The Metro Charter currently allows citizens to propose charter amendments by ballot initiative for public referendum. The required number of petitions signatures has historically been 10 percent of the voters for the previous general election.

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Saving Nashville Fairgrounds: Attorney Jim Roberts Weighs in on Legalities of the Fight

Live from music row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 am to 8:00 am – Leahy was joined in studio by all-star panelist, Attorney Jim Roberts from Nashville to talk about his background as a conservative in law and how he aims to help serve the taxpayers.

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