AG: Cordova De-Annexation Effort Lacks Legal Authority

Attorney General Robert Cooper issued a formal opinion stating Cordova area residents have no legal authority to demand a referendum for de-annexing from the City of Memphis, the Commercial Appeal reports. Issued at the request of state Rep. Steve McManus, R-Memphis, the opinion confirms that under state law, any de-annexation referendum must be initiated by the legislative body of the incorporated city or town -- in this case, the Memphis City Council -- by passing an ordinance calling for a referendum on the issue.