MEMPHIS, TN - Outnumbered and overpowered, Democratic members of the Shelby County Delegation are reacting to the Governor's signing of the bill to delay the school merger.
The state representatives and senators spoke at Memphis City Hall Friday afternoon to express their disappointment in the Governor. Eleven different amendments to the bill were systematically rejected in the House yesterday. Amendments included giving the Memphis Mayor a spot on the transition committee to handle the school merger.
Democrats say they plan to file those amendments as individual bills. They also want to repeal the bill signed into law Friday.
“Those amendments, had they been accepted, might have ended up in the final bill being something that was livable, that was fair for all of our children, for all of our citizens. What we have is not,” said State Rep. Jeanne Richardson.
The deadline to file bills in the state legislature is next Thursday.