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Gov. Bill Haslam signs bill ending 'forced' annexations

Andy Sher, Chattanooga Times Free Press • Apr 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam this week signed legislation by two Hamilton County lawmakers that ends Tennessee cities' ability to annex by ordinance.

Legislative records show Haslam signed the bill with little fanfare on Tuesday.

The law requires cities annex by consent of a landowner or through referendum votes approved by a majority of the landowners to be annexed.

To protect farmers, land used primarily for agricultural purposes can't be annexed unless the farmer agrees.

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