Nash. Mayor Cooper wants to use more Metro employees to enforce pandemic health orders

Sep 3, 2020

The Nashville City Council meeting via Zoom Sep. 1, 2020.
Credit nashville.gov

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.

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