Cooper: Annex Laws are Constitutional

Tennessee cities’ use of annexation by ordinance generally meets muster under both the state and U.S. Constitutions, State Attorney General Robert Cooper said in an opinion released last week. The Times Free Press reports that Cooper found that “absent invidious discrimination or an intent to circumvent the ‘one person, one vote’ principle, annexation by municipal ordinance is constitutional.” Legislation proposed this year would have imposed a temporary moratorium on annexation to give the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations time to study the state’s current procedures.