Settlement Discussions Of Lawsuit On Domestic Partners Ordinance To Be Discussed By Election Commission

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

After two lawsuits were filed this week over the issue of wording on the ballot of the Domestic Partners Ordinance, "settlement talks" are underway.

The Election Commission has called a second "emergency meeting" in a matter of days to discuss settlement.

The case listed was that brought by Police Lt. Corliss Cooper and her partner, Robin Smith.

The City Council voted Tuesday night to file a similar lawsuit.

The city wants a lengthier description of the ordinance placed on the ballot.

The Election Commission has ruled that the petitioners get to draw up the language - subject to the approval of election officials and the commission.

 State election officials have approved the wording drafted by the petition group led by Mark West, Chattanooga Tea Party president. 

The 8 a.m. meeting will be at the Hamilton County Courthouse, Room 120, 625 Georgia Ave., instead of the election office near Amnicola Highway.

County Attorney Rheubin Taylor is now the attorney for the Election Commission.

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