Council defers final vote on Metro nondiscrimination ordinance

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 10:12pm

A bill requiring Metro contractors add sexual orientation and gender identity to their nondiscrimination employment policies survived a minor test Tuesday night, putting the ordinance on course for likely final approval in April. 

Recognizing the absence of several council members who helped clear the controversial ordinance on second reading last moth, bill sponsor Councilman Jamie Hollin motioned to defer the bill one meeting, a move to prevent the council from considering it on the final of three votes. The move was expected, as a handful of council supporters weren’t in attendance Tuesday because of trips and other obligations.

But Councilman Rip Ryman moved to table the deferral motion, an action the council later defeated 20-13.

Ryman explained his move by pointing out that he had tried to defer the bill last month, which at the time he said was to wait for the state General Assembly to weigh in on state legislation that would effectively nullify the council’s action. The state bill has since stalled in committee.

With Ryman’s tabling motion defeated, the council voted 20-12 to defer a vote on the non-discrimination bill.

“It’s a reflection of the fact that a majority of the council supports the bill,” Hollin said of the night’s events. “I’m glad to be on a council that would support such a bill.”

The council is now set to consider the nondiscrimination bill on third and final reading April 5.

• The council Tuesday approved a non-binding memorializing resolution sponsored by Councilman Eric Crafton asking Mayor Karl Dean and Nashville Public Library Director Donna Nicely to explore relocating the Metro Government Archives to the former Ben West Library building. The archives, currently located in Green Hills, had been set to relocate to Antioch, but that plan is currently off the table.

• The council deferred by one meeting a resolution, also sponsored by Crafton, that would remove members from the five-member fair board. Earlier in the day, the council’s Rules, Confirmations and Public Elections Committee recommended its approval by a 4-3 vote. To clear the full council, the legislation would need to collect 30 votes.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 3/16/11 at 4:53

Why is Eric Crafton trying to remove members from the five-member fair board? What is the motive for this? Where are the conflicts of interest? Who is being removed and why? Who stands to benefit from this action? Who loses? What are the good reasons and what are the real reasons for Crafton's request?

Follow the money. As Ronald Reagan is reputed to have said, "Trust, but verify".

By: tcb on 3/16/11 at 6:32

Loner you must not be well informed about the actions of the Metro Fair Board over the last 30 years.
They've wasted away millions in reserves, have pushed away millions in business, and let the property be taken illegally by the Mayor.
I'm sure others will comment as well, but do a search thru the city paper archives and read the comments to previous stories.
The Fair Board has been the most misused and bungled Board in the history of Nashville.
The current makeup of the Fair Board led by a lobbiest for real estate developers attempting to send the flea mkt business and millions in taxpayer dollars to his client should be a tip off. The fact that other members of the board are tossed biz from the mayor like milkbones should be another red flag.
The only honest member of the Fair Board Alex Joyce has refused to be a part of those shady dealings and stayed away from the last Fair Board meeting in protest. Is that not another hint ?
Wonder why no press bothered to interview Joyce to get his side on the crazy decisions that were made.

By: Nitzche on 3/16/11 at 7:57

can a brother...strike that ,,sister get a little carpet?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/11 at 7:59

Loner you can bet whatever Crafton does is for himself.

I will not argue any of your points, but beware of anything Crafton does.

By: Loner on 3/16/11 at 9:58

Who would replace the ousted board members? Would this be a total and impartial board-member replacement scheme or a partial replacement scheme? Seems like the fair thing to do is for all sitting members to resign. Let the people decide who to replace them with....don't let the politicians decide.

Crafton's plan might take you from the frying pan into the fire...isn't he the guy who was responsible for the unfortunate loss of the Evergreen, the former Jim Reeves museum site and an historic ante-bellum site? There's a big box store sitting on that site now, as I recall.

Would Crafton replace the old special interests with new special interests?

Certainly, there is need for improvement, but don't be hasty...and don't be fooled again.

By: tcb on 3/16/11 at 10:38

I think you're referencing the man who just recently passed away that was responsible for the Home Depot replacing the museum. I don't think Crafton had anything to do with that.

Read this :

By: Captain Nemo on 3/16/11 at 3:05

You are thinking of Cradock, Loner.