Shelby County Referendum Vote Bill Advances

On January 14, 2011, in News 2011, by Mark Norris
January 14, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There are new developments in an effort to have all Shelby County residents vote on a referendum to transfer power of Memphis City Schools to the Shelby County School Board.

State Senator Mark Norris of Collierville introduced legislation this week that would allow people outside the city limits vote on the looming referendum.

In a brief statement released Friday, Senator Norris said:

“The legislative process continues, SB25 passed 2nd consideration in the Senate, first in the House today; it will be referred to committee for action, and we’ll reschedule it for a vote in the Senate after we return and reconvene. It is our position that if SB25 becomes law, there won’t be a city-only referendum.”

This, after a previous statement from Norris suggested he would back off his bill in light of a possible compromise between the two school districts. Norris’s legislation would change the law in the middle of the transfer process.

The state’s Attorney General has already ruled that Memphians can be the only ones to vote on any such referendums. Thursday, the Shelby County Election Commission backed off their delays of a setting a date for a special election, and said they would schedule a vote next week.


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