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TN Muni Schools bill passes in House Ed Committee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Tennessee's municipal schools bill jumped another hurdle Tuesday in Nashville.

There were some questions and no votes, but it did not stop the progress of the bill to allow school districts in the Shelby County suburbs.

It was a 10 to 5 vote in the House Education Committee with Democrats voting no, and a no vote from a Republican.

State Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) is concerned that the municipal school districts will, over time, stop educating people who live outside the city limits but are in the schools' current zone.

Rep. Dunn is also concerned now that this bill would have statewide applications. The bill passed last session was tailored only to Memphis and Shelby County and eventually was thrown out by the judge.

This bill would lift the ban on municipal schools for the entire Volunteer State.

"I think this is a bill we really need to slow down on because it affects a whole lot of people," Rep. Dunn said.  "We really need to get it right because if we don't, we're going to create a mess and it's a lot harder to undo it."

Several Western Tennessee suburban leaders made the trip to Nashville, including Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald, who says he's not to worried about the handful of no votes.

"It's going to pass, simply, cleanly," Mayor McDonald said. "It's going to be statewide so nobody can try and twist it around and say that's just about Shelby County."

The Senate version of this bill will be in the education committee on Wednesday. The House bill goes to the finance committee next.

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