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Memphis police block Forrest cover-up, arrest eight protesters

Police twice blocked protester efforts to cover a Memphis monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest on Saturday, then arrested several participants and dispersed the angry crowd, reports the Commercial Appeal.

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Lee calls for more school choice, says ‘receptions that entertain legislators’ should be stopped

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee is calling for more school choice in Tennessee and an end to lobbyist-sponsored receptions for state legislators, reports the Associated Press.

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Lawsuit challenges requirement of license for horse massage

News release from Beacon Center of Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Today, the Beacon Center Legal Foundation announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. The Vet Board recently defined “animal massage” as a form of veterinary medicine, meaning that merely rubbing horses now requires a veterinarian license. The Beacon Center believes this law is unconstitutional and has filed suit on behalf of Martha Stowe and Laurie Wheeler of Franklin, as both of their careers and livelihoods depend on horse massage therapy. Continuing to practice horse massage therapy subjected them to fines and even potential jail time.

After giving the Vet Board warning that the horse massage rule is unconstitutional, the Board asked for an extra two weeks to reconsider the rule before the Beacon Center filed a lawsuit. Despite being given that time, the Board has decided to disregard the advice of the Beacon Center, leading to this lawsuit. 

Judge finds Nashville short-term rental law unconstitutional

Davidson County Circuit Judge Kelvin Jones ruled Friday that Nashville’s city ordinance regulating short-term rentals, as offered through such online companies as Airbnb, is unconstitutional, reports The Tennessean.

Jones agreed with Metro Attorney Catherine Pham that the ordinance’s 3 percent cap on non-owner occupied rentals in a neighborhood did not violate equal protection laws and said the law created a monopoly, but one that was permissible because it was for the well-being of citizens.

But on the issue of vagueness, Jones said there was no way an ordinary person could understand the statute, and specifically how it interacted with laws and codes related to hotels, and deemed it unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was brought by the Beacon Center of Tennessee on behalf of homeowners denied short-term rental permission by city officials. Beacon promptly issued a press release celebrating the judge’s decision. It’s below.

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Former Knoxville News Sentinel capitol bureau chief Tom Humphrey writes about Tennessee politics, government, and legislative news.

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