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Resolution RS2020-472

A resolution urging Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Marsha Blackburn, and Governor Bill Lee to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

WHEREAS, on July 17, 2020, revered Civil Rights icon and Congressman John R. Lewis passed away from cancer at the age of 80; and

WHEREAS, Congressman Lewis devoted his life to civil rights and the protection of voting rights for African Americans; and

WHEREAS, in the 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court stripped certain protections from the Voting Rights Act, which had required states with a history of racial discrimination to gain federal approval before changing voting laws; and

WHEREAS, on July 22, 2020, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a bill to fully restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and to name this legislation after Congressman Lewis; and

WHEREAS, Congressman Jim Cooper of Nashville and Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis have already signed on as cosponsors to the House version of this legislation, which has already been adopted but has stalled in the U.S. Senate; and

WHEREAS, it is important that other members of the U.S. Senate, including Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator Lamar Alexander, support this legislation and that Governor Bill Lee also encourage members of Congress from Tennessee to support this legislation; and

WHEREAS, this legislation will have a positive impact on Tennesseans by preserving the right to vote for all Americans and by honoring Congressman Lewis who dedicated his life to this cause.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as urging Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Marsha Blackburn, and Governor Bill Lee to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Sharon Hurt, Russ Bradford, Zulfat Suara, Sandra Sepulveda, Jennifer Gamble

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedAugust 4, 2020

AdoptedAugust 4, 2020

ApprovedAugust 5, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 08/06/2020 5:12 PM