Sen. Harris statement on the demise of deannexation bill to break up Memphis

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Legislation that would have created a path to break apart the city of Memphis - the deannexation bill - was sent to summer study, meaning it is off notice for the year. Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris released the following statement:

"One of the worst things about this legislative session was the trauma caused by the prospect of deannexation and city shrinkage.

"But, now that this issue is behind us, I have to say that one of the best things about the bill was to see to Memphians coming together and finding common ground. In the legislature, the opposition to deannexation was both bipartisan and bicameral.

"There was a concerted effort by industry, local and state officials to make sure that Memphis would be able to continue to focus on growth and living up to its potential. This bill gave us a chance to come together, and I’m hopeful this will be repeated often. Memphis’ potential is tied to our ability to unite."

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