NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- The Nashville Council this week passed two ordinances allowing Mayor John Cooper to deputize any city employee to issue citations for violation of COVID-19 health orders.
Metro Legislative Affairs Director Mike Jameson told council members Tuesday night that the city’s Health Department is already straining to provide enforcement.
Jameson said as more businesses re-open in the coming months, the city will need more boots on the ground to enforce health orders.
Some council members expressed reservations. District 4 Council Member Robert Swope was the most vocal critic, describing the ordinances as “terryfiying” and “massive overreach.”
The measures passed on second reading. They will need to pass a third and final reading during the Sep. 15 meeting before becoming law.
You can review the proposed ordinances using the links provided below.