The “Stop Amp” legislation was brought by a Chattanooga Representative with the express purposes of blocking the city of Nashville from going forward with a local transportation project. It would require Metro to gain the legislature’s approval before moving ahead with the Amp. That is very much a violation of the principles of local control.
The to-go cups legislation was brought by the Representative of the downtown area at the request of his constituents in the Convention and Visitors Corporation and other area businesses. As introduced it gives the Metro Council the authority to allow to-go containers in the Central Business Improvement District. If the Council chose to implement this law, it would then be up to the bar owners as to whether they wanted to participate.
Both bills impact Metro – and that is where the comparison ends.
Rep. Turner’s to-go cups legislation was already in the process of being amended to cover a smaller area when Councilwoman Evans introduced her emergency resolution. But even if that wasn’t the case, as Councilman Ronnie Steine rightfully pointed out, the bill simply gave the council the authority to do something they previously couldn’t do. To say that violates local control is a violation of reason.