Same-sex employee benefits recall question approved for Chattanooga ballot

Same-sex employee benefits recall question approved for Chattanooga ballot

June 27th, 2014 by Louie Brogdon in Local - Breaking News

POLL: Should Chattanooga provide benefits to same-sex couples?

The Hamilton County Election Commission voted today to approve the language of the ballot question seeking to recall the city of Chattanooga's same-sex employee benefits ordinance for the Aug. 7 ballot.

In an emergency meeting Friday, the election commission discussed the language as it was presented on an original petition, after City Attorney Phil Noblett send a request for alternate language.

According to state law, the petitioners in a recall get to decide what the language is. Normally the city is the petitioner for ordinances.

The election commission also voted to post the ordinance passed by the city council and the ballot on its website.

Had the petition had more than 300 words, the city attorney would have written a summary.

Election Commission Administrator Kerry Steelman said this is the first voter driven referendum the county has ever dealt with.