State Supreme Court hears arguments on county term limits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lawyers for Shelby County argued in favor of term limits today before the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The lawyers urged the justices to find that voter-approved term limits for county commissioners are permitted by the state constitution.

Voters in 1994 adopted a two-term limit for commissioners and the county mayor with 81 percent in favor. Knox County voters also instituted term limits on its commissioners and mayor that year.

Shelby County Commissioners Walter Bailey, Julian Bolton and Cleo Kirk sued the county and election commission a year ago, saying the term-limits law violated the Tennessee Constitution.

The state Court of Appeals agreed with the trio.

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