De-annexation bill dead; sponsor blames city lobbyists

An effort to enact legislation allowing disgruntled residents in some areas of Tennessee cities to vote to secede is dead for the year, reports the Times Free Press. The House sponsor, Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) blames lobbyists for municipalities.

“I didn’t have the votes,” Carter said Wednesday of the bill (HB943) which had been scheduled for hearing in the House Local Government Subcommittee. “Citizens united together from home is wonderful, but it can’t overcome hundreds of thousands of dollars and lobbyists making threats against standing members.”

Last year, Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, got a watered-down version of the bill through the Senate. It allowed disgruntled residents of areas annexed since 1998 to vote in a referendum to leave a municipality.

But the bill also had requirements the residents continue paying some taxes with regard to bonded indebtedness incurred by the municipality when they were still living there.

In 2014, Carter and Watson upended decades-old Tennessee municipal annexation law by barring cities and towns from acquiring new territory by ordinance. The de-annexation measure was a follow up.

… “Today, the farmers and the people of Tennessee were denied their right to vote,” said Carter, who intends to push the issue next year when the new 110th General Assembly takes office.

16 Responses to De-annexation bill dead; sponsor blames city lobbyists

  • James White says:

    What a shame. Our legislatures, state and federal, are controlled by lobbyists.

  • Renea Jones says:

    It’s just a shame. If you are a dairy farmer in one of the districts of local govt subcommittee and find yourself with out a job you should run against these folks. Seriously how can you let lobbyist deny your constituents the right to vote for what happens in their own community! Not a good day in Tennessee politics

  • Renea Jones says:

    Thanks Rep Carter for all you do to preserve the right to vote and the Tennessee farmer!

  • Renea Jones says:

    This is a shame. If you are a dairy farmer and find yourself without a job maybe you should consider running for office especially if you are in the district of house local government sub committee. It is not too late filing deadline is April 5th. A sad day in Tennessee politics when constituents are denied the right to vote at the hand of high powered lobbyists. Thank you Rep. Carter for your efforts to preserve this right and to protect the Tennessee farmer.

  • M. McElroy says:

    This is a travesty of justice…we are hopeful the honest men and women of integrity in our congress will take a stand for the constituency. And, for the so called leaders of Memphis, we may never get the right to vote for our freedom from this oppression but we do vote in every election and we are watching you.

  • Tommy Ray McAnally says:

    What cant you blame on lobbyist?

  • Dennis Walker says:

    Once again the interests of the citizens has been ignored. Just who do our elected officials represent? I have surrendered all faith in government and elected officials.

  • JettieThomas says:

    The lobbyist does not live in our area. It is all about the money. we were annexed without our willingness. We moved in the area because we did not want city taxes. Also even now the city does not provide lights or waste pick up or recycle. City just getting our tax dollars but indeed no service from them. SHAME ON OUR CITY OFFICIALS AND THE LOBBYISTS.

  • Eddie White says:

    Having just gone through an annexation fight with the city of Lebanon, I can tell you the whole process was a joke. It borders on corrupt. The citizens being annexed like our community were basically bullied by the city of Lebanon. We had no power to stop the process.

  • Ann Marie Ruhland says:

    That’s rediculous – we were never allowed to vote – we had no say in the matter – why are lobbyists allowed to make decisions for the residents of Southwind. The fair way is a vote by residents – not lobbyists.

  • Ann Marie Ruhland says:

    I’d like to know who voted against us!

    • Tom Humphrey
      Tom Humphrey says:

      Rep. Carter chose not to put the bill to a vote; thus there is no recorded vote. Obviously, he had talked with members of the committee beforehand, learned that the bill would fail and did not insist on a vote.

  • Tamara says:

    Look to Mayor Strickland, Rep. M. White and Sen. Brian Kelsey as a big part of the reason why this bill failed.

  • William says:

    FACT: The lobbyists don’t push the buttons to vote – the legislators do. It’s easy pickins’ to blame the lobbyists, but only 1 group has the right to vote on bills – legislators.

  • PLevine says:

    What a crock 😮😱😮
    We, the people who LIVE here,…. and pay taxes to the city (who has given
    us NOTHING in return)…..are NOT being heard!!! Let us VOTE at least! If
    you can take our money and give us nothing back …. the least you can let
    us vote to change it!
    We WILL vote in the next election! Count on it!

  • JD sharrett says:

    Outgoing Lt Gov Ron Ramsey screwed us and the deannex bill last year.

    US Constitution “the right of the people to be secure in their papers, effects and HOMES “…..


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