Legislature votes to nullify local hire rule in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Republican-controlled state House has given final approval to a bill nullifying a local hiring requirement approved by Nashville voters last year.

Supporters say the local hiring requirement discriminates against workers living in surrounding counties.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Pat Marsh of Shelbyville was approved on a 72-20 vote on Thursday after the Senate passed the bill earlier this week.

The ballot measure that earned 58 percent of the vote in August requires contractors on public construction projects worth more than $100,000 to assign at least 40 percent of work hours to employees who live within the city, and that 10 percent go to low-income residents.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said she was disappointed at the Legislature for “overturning the will of the voters.”