Local Government Practice Section

This section provides a forum for topics such as land use, planning and permitting, municipal finance, contracting, and other local government functions. To learn more about this new section, contact Jenny Jones at jjones@tnbar.org.

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Memphis Group Sues to Keep Issues Off Ballot

A Memphis citizens group is suing the Shelby County Election Commission and the city of Memphis to remove an item on the Nov. 6 ballot that would repeal instant runoff or ranked-choice voting in city elections, the Daily Memphian reports. The lawsuit also seeks to remove a ballot question that would eliminate the city runoff provision in the seven single-member council districts it currently applies to, and asks Chancellor Jim Kyle to order the city to rewrite a third ballot question that would extend to three the number consecutive terms city council members and the Memphis mayor could serve.

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Shelby Mayor, Commissioners Continue to Pursue Changes at Juvenile Court

Commissioners and new Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris this week continued their move to change the course of the county’s Juvenile Court, the Commercial Appeal reports. In addition to replacing Judge Paul Summers as coordinator of Department of Justice oversight of the court, commissioners are considering a resolution that would rescind the previous mayor’s request that the DOJ end its oversight of the court.

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