TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 2, 2014

The Hamilton County Election Commission is facing a lawsuit from Lt. Corliss Cooper regarding same-sex benefits to city employees, WDEF News 12 reports. Cooper’s lawyer Stevie Phillips said the recent event leading up to and the changes in the ordinance for domestic partner benefits for city employees are in violation of both the Open Meetings Act and Chattanooga's City Charter. "The Hamilton County Election Commission held a meeting at the last possible minute without notice to the public,” said Phillips. “The City Charter requires that the entire ordinance be printed on the ballot without alteration.” Election Commissioner Chris Clem said that is not true, and that the commission gave 48 hours notice and notified the media, the city and the petitioners of the meeting.