In brief: Norris says bill on annexation remains alive

On February 9, 2012, in News 2012, by Mark Norris

By Staff, Commercial
February 9, 2012

State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said Wednesday that nothing has changed on the status of his legislation to remove the Fisherville area from Memphis’ annexation reserve zone, despite remarks by a Fisherville leader that he would ask that the state bill be pulled.

Norris said he thinks the state attorney general is about to issue an opinion that Norris requested on the bill but that he hasn’t received it yet.

And he said he hasn’t heard directly from John Bogan, president of the Fisherville Civic Club, about withdrawing the bill from the legislature — although Bogan told the Memphis City Council after a spirited exchange Tuesday with council members that he would ask Norris to do so.

The senator last week pulled the annexation bill from what would have been a routine approval on the second of three required readings in the Senate, pending an attorney general’s opinion on its constitutionality. The bill would remove a large area east of Cordova to the Fayette County line from Memphis’ longstanding annexation reserve area.

He also withheld a second bill that would require residents of any area in Shelby County to approve, in a referendum, annexation by any municipality in the county.

— Richard Locker

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