Grand Divisions

Tennessee Equality Project seeks to advance and protect the civil rights of our State’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in each Grand Division.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Surrendering Memphis City Charter?

Mayor Willie Herenton declares his support for surrendering the Memphis City Charter as a mechanism for consolidating City and Shelby County government. There are a surprising number of officials willing to entertain the idea.

Such a move would have significant ramifications for the plans to enact a Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO) for the City of Memphis. If an NDO were enacted and the citizens of Memphis approved surrendering the city charter in a ballot referendum, we'd have to start over with the County Commission. Ultimately, a Shelby County NDO would be the next logical step after a Memphis's approval of the NDO.

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