Metro Councilman Duane Dominy’s bill seeking to keep the Tennessee State Fair and Expo Center events at the current fairgrounds property is poised for deferral because it lacks the signature of the council member whose district it affects.
Rule 8 of the council’s rules of procedure says that if an ordinance or resolution affects property within only one council district, and that council member has not sponsored or co-sponsored the legislation, then the bill can be deferred one meeting if invoked by the concerned member.
In this case, Dominy, who represents parts of Antioch, has introduced a bill that addresses the 117-acre fairgrounds property off Nolensville Pike, which is located entirely within Councilwoman Sandra Moore’s district.
The bill is up for first reading tonight.
Contacted by The City Paper, Moore confirmed speculation that she would invoke Rule 8.
“I didn’t know anything about the bill,” Moore said.
If she follows through, then Dominy’s bill would be deferred until later this month.
In a letter sent to constituents last week, Moore said she was disappointed that Dominy filed a bill that affects property within her council district without notifying her of his intentions.
Dominy is a Republican candidate for the District 59 state House seat held by Democratic state Rep. Sherry Jones.