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.

Immediate Past Chair
Memphis Light, Gas & Water...
220 So Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103-3917
City of Brentwood
5211 Maryland Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Balthrop Perry & Noe
P.O. Box 82
Ashland City, TN 37015
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Nashville Metro Council Passes Resolution Condemning Gay Adoption Bill

The Nashville City Council yesterday passed a resolution to formally condemn state legislation that allows child placement agencies to deny adoptions to gay families based on religious beliefs, WTVF Nashville reports. The bill, HB836/SB1304, amends TCA Title 36, Chapter 1, Part 1 and “prohibits a private licensed child-placing agency from being required to perform, assist, consent to, refer, or participate in any child placement for foster care or adoption that would violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions.” The council feels the legislation could have a negative impact on businesses in the state, potentially sparking boycotts and hampering economic growth.

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Federal Team to Meet with Nashville, Memphis Officials on Body Cameras

Academics, district attorneys, training experts and policy advisers sponsored by a component of the U.S. Department of Justice are expected in Nashville next week to determine the best way to move forward with implementing body-worn cameras in the city’s police force. Mayor John Cooper announced the visit from the Bureau of Justice Assistance team, which helps provide expert consultation as part of its efforts to support cities exploring body camera programs. Body camera rollout in Nashville has been on the table for years but has been stymied by budget concerns. The team also will visit Memphis to analyze the implementation of body cameras there, the Tennessean reports.

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