Senate committee votes to delay de-annexation bill

Senate committee votes to send De-annexation bill to summer study

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The de-annexation bill is dead, at least for now. The Tennessee Senate committee voted 5-3-1 to send the de-annexation bill to summer study.

Senator Mark Norris is the only Memphis member of the committee. Norris voted no on the bill.

That means the bill will not go to the senate for a vote this session.

Mayor Jim Strickland issued a statement regarding the vote by the committee.

"I'm grateful to the members of the Senate State and Local Government Committee for their careful consideration of the de-annexation bill and their vote today. We will continue to work with legislators in the coming weeks and months to let them know the bill's ramifications."

Jim Tomasik is a south Cordova resident who does not mince words.

"Taxation without representation is theft. Pure and simple," said Tomasik.

He said even though he and his neighbors were annexed against their will, they will not stop until they are out of the city.

"It's by no means over with. We're going to continue on," said Tomasik.

He said residents are frustrated with the senate committee's vote, but they're getting used to frustration.

"It's been one setback after another," he said.

He said despite not getting their way this time, he believes they have finally received some attention to the issue.

"We have the mayor and the city council coming unraveled at the thought of de-annexation," said Tomasik.

Tomasik said after the mayor said he would consider discussing de-annexing a few areas such as south Cordova, Windyke and Southwind, he will have to follow through on his word before dealing with the senate again.

"Either he will do what he says he was going to do, or he won't, but by no means is this situation over with," said Tomasik.

The senate committee will take a closer look at all the amendments to the bill this summer and will bring de-annexation back up next legislative session.

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