Jamie Hollin is giving it a second go — sort of.
Hollin, the outgoing District 5 Metro councilman, has introduced a memorializing resolution to recognize local high school students who protested the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
It’s similar legislation to the resolution two council conservatives worked to defeat five weeks ago, igniting a now-legendary verbal tirade from Hollin that began on the council floor, spilled to the council’s back rooms and ended in the courthouse parking garage.
“Those teenagers, high school students, are worthy of direct recognition,” Hollin said.
In July, Hollin had sponsored an honorary resolution on the council’s consent agenda that — if it had passed — would have allowed the council’s statement honoring the students to show up on a scroll that could be framed. This time Hollin has proposed a nonbinding memorializing resolution that will only put the council on record of supporting the student’s actions.
The change is because the bill is set for consideration on Aug. 16, the final meeting of this council term and Hollin’s last representing his East Nashville constituents.
By rule, consent agenda items can only go before the council at the first meetings of odd-numbered months.
“This is recognizing students,” he said. “I hope we can all agree that their actions should be celebrated and encouraged.”
The previous bill didn’t pass after Hollin missed a committee meeting in which the bill was considered. Because of that, by rule, the objection of two council members was the only requirement to defeat it. Conservative members Jim Gotto and Phil Claiborne objected, and the resolution died.
• In a separate item, Councilwoman Kristine LaLonde has sponsored a memorializing resolution to request that the Metro Department of Law file an amicus brief in support of an ongoing suit over the constitutionality of the state’s Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act.
The law, passed this year by the Republican-dominated state legislature, nullified Metro’s nondiscrimination law that required city contractors to provide employment protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees.
This is also LaLonde's last meeting as a member of the council.