Residents sue Tennessee city over code violations court
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Residents of Nashville, Tennessee, are suing to close the city’s environmental code enforcement court, saying it was improperly implemented and unfairly affects poor citizens.
The Tennessean reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the city and state Attorney General Herbert Slatery. The court has collected just over $1.8 million in fines since 2008. The lawsuit focuses on a state constitution provision that says local acts or laws targeting a specific county must include provisions approved by the local legislative body.
The code enforcement court was created by state lawmakers in 1993. In 1994, the City Council voted to enable the court’s creation. However, the provision says local acts that don’t include the council vote are void, thereby negating the council’s later vote.
The report didn’t include defendant comments.
This version corrects the amount of fines collected.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com