County Commission seeks legislators' emails

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Lawyers for the Shelby County Commission are asking the General Assembly for all communications related to the merger of the Memphis and Shelby County school systems and the formation of six new suburban school districts.

The county commission has sued in federal court to block the Aug. 2 vote by six Shelby County municipalities, where residents decided to create their own school districts and avoid the merger. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of a state law that allowed the vote.

The Commercial Appeal reports that the commission's lawyers sent a letter to all 132 legislators asking them to hand over "all communications or letters," including e-mail from residents, related to the merger and the schools vote.

Director of Legislative Administration Connie Ridley said officials are complying with the request


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