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Tennessee lawmaker says he'll file bill to let people 'deannex'

Hank Hayes, NET News Service • Aug 4, 2015 at 11:17 AM

KINGSPORT — The Tennessee House sponsor of a law enacted last year to end forced annexation by municipalities indicated Monday he’s got other annexation legislation in motion for the next session of the General Assembly.

State Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, told a Greater Kingsport Republican Women’s luncheon that work on his 2014 law to require consent to be annexed was once considered a waste of time.

“When we were trying to pass the annexation bill, it was against all the powers that be,” Carter, an attorney, businessman and former judge, told the group. “Who was on our side? Absolutely no one, except one group. They are called citizens.”

While the 2014 law left the existing annexation referendum method unchanged, it added a more formal method for individual owner consent — one that requires consent in writing — something that was not necessary in the past.

More on Carter’s comments from the Kingsport Times-News.

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