NASHVILLE — Residents of areas set to be annexed by a city would be able to vote up or down on the proposal in a referendum under yet another anti-annexation measure sponsored by Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah.
The House Local Government Committee approved the legislation on a voice vote this afternoon, despite opposition from the Tennessee Municipal League and members from urban areas.
Carter’s bill now goes to the House Finance Committee. It is the second bill of his bills dealing with annexation issues. The first has cleared most major committees but Carter taken it off notice for now in the Calendar and Rules Committee.
That measure requires cities to first annex all areas in their urban growth boundaries before seeking to amend the 20-year plans.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...