Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper says annex laws constitutional

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Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - Tennessee cities' use of annexation by ordinance generally meets muster under both the Tennessee and U.S. Constitutions, State Attorney General Robert Cooper says.

In his new legal opinion, Cooper says the process “absent invidious [tending to raise resentment] discrimination or an intent to circumvent the ‘one person, one vote’ principle, annexation by municipal ordinance is constitutional.”

According to Cooper, neither constitution “recognizes a right for a person to retain his or her real property in a particular unit of local government.”

The Tennessee Constitution grants state lawmakers the “exclusive authority to develop the process for creating and altering municipal boundaries in the state.”

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