Bill ending forced annexation clears Tennessee House panel

Bill ending forced annexation clears Tennessee House panel

Legislation approved in the Tennessee House of Representatives panel Wednesday would effectively end a city's ability to forcibly annex a community without property owner's approval in an election. Legislation approved in the Tennessee House of Representatives panel Wednesday would effectively end a city's ability to forcibly annex a community without property owner's approval in an election.
NASHVILLE, TN (WJHL) - Legislation approved in the Tennessee House of Representatives panel Wednesday would effectively end a city's ability to forcibly annex a community without property owner's approval in an election.

Under current law, a city can annex county land by approving an ordinance, even if property owners oppose the annexation plan.

House Bill 2371 would require a referendum vote.

Here's a link to coverage of the vote in The Tennessean.

A statewide discussion about Tennessee's annexation law began after Johnson City attempted to annex land in Gray sparking public protests.

A similar bill is awaiting a vote in the Tennessee Senate.

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