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Municipal schools bill expected to pass

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All eyes are on Nashville.  State lawmakers are expected to vote on the municipal schools bill.

Final versions of the municipal schools bill will go before both the Tennessee house and senate and it's expected to pass.

Memphis and Shelby County Schools officially become one on July 1st.  Back last August all the suburban cities like Germantown, Collierville, Lakeland, Millington, Bartlett and Arlington voted to form their own municipal school districts. But, the efforts to make that happen got complicated after a series of legal filings.  Eventually a state law passed a couple of years ago.  That allowed the formation of those districts, but was deemed unconstitutional because it did not apply across the board because the law was specific to Shelby County.

So the new law that state legislators are considering would allow the formation of municipal schools across the state.  It passed through committees with no issue and is expected to pass today.

Suburban mayors are headed to Nashville this morning to throw their support behind the measure.

FOX13's Lauren Lee will be there and will bring you the latest on this developing story tonight at 5 p.m. 

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