Monthly Archives: April 2013

Major Amendment Changes Leave Empty Bill, much more work is needed!!

Source: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/apr/15/annex-bills-up-for-debate/?local Annexation bill passes Tennessee House with big changes by Andy Sher NASHVILLE — The House on Thursday passed a much-amended bill aimed at calling a time-out on annexations, but lawmakers made major changes to the measure that put … Continue reading

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Times Free Press Report on Annexation Bills’ Status

Here is a link to the Times Free Press report. Now the separate Senate and House bills will go into a conference committee to hash out differences, and there is no telling how it will come out from here. I … Continue reading

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Crunch Time – HB475 & SB279

We need everyone to phone and email Senate and House representatives to vote “YES” this week. We finally made it through the committees onto the floor of the Senate and House. The first bill SB279 vote is tomorrow (Monday) and … Continue reading

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STATEWIDE JOURNALISM COMPETITION

Hello, Right2VoteTN.org is seeking the best interviews of the following house representatives as part of a citizen journalist competition. We are involved in a heavily contentious issue, with citizens’ “Right to Vote” on annexations in TN, which is now a … Continue reading

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Is Forced Annexation Good for Cities?

By:  Brendan Jennings The debate over Tennessee’s policy of forced annexation will reach a climax during the next two weeks in the state legislature. Rep. Mike Carter’s House Bill 475 will be up for consideration on Tuesday, April 9 during … Continue reading

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WDEF Chattanooga News Coverage – Annexation Bill HB475/SB279

Source: http://www.wdef.com/news/story/Annexation-Bill-Moves-Closer-To-Vote/RD68Q_S1PkKrBiM8L–9gA.cspx  (Click to Watch Video) Reported by: Webb Wright “I thought this would be the simplest, easiest bill that I’ve every filed.” That’s House Bill 475, which state representative Mike Carter says is not against annexation, but for the … Continue reading

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Hamilton County Commission Unanimously Supports “Right To Vote”

Hamilton County, Tennessee (Chattanooga and surrounding areas) 4/3/13 Hamilton County commissioners unanimously support Tennessee State House Bill 475 and Senate Bill 279 and the citizens “Right to Vote” on annexation. The commission created a resolution on this right in Hamilton … Continue reading

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Bradley County officials back law on annexation vote

Source: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/apr/03/bradley-officials-back-law-on-annexation-vote/?local by Paul Leach CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County officials would like to see changes in state law to require any annexation be approved in a referendum vote by a majority of residents of the affected area. Earlier this … Continue reading

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General Assembly looks at limiting forced annexations

Source: http://www.murfreesboropost.com/general-assembly-looks-at-limiting-forced-annexations-cms-35056 By: AMELIA MORRISON HIPPS, TN Report Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 3:00 pm Property owners across the state will have a two-year reprieve from forced annexation – and the tax increases that come with it — if a … Continue reading

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Article in Today’s Tennesseean About Yesterday’s Senate Action

Here is an article in today’s Nashville Tennesseean about yesterday’s (April 2) Senate vote on Sen. Bo Watson’s SB 279 to require future annexations to be approved by voters. Here is the link: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130403/NEWS0201/304030139/TN-bill-would-halt-municipal-annexation-possible-changes-system

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