Grassroots campaigns earn way onto ballot - WSMV News 4

Grassroots campaigns earn way onto ballot

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

For the first time in Metro government's history, three grassroots petition drives are making it to the ballot.

In August, voters in Davidson County will vote on three significant new potential laws.

Citizens who didn't want to deal with Metro Council bypassed traditional politics and went door to door to change Davidson County.

Less than two hours before the deadline, one group turned in their petition pushing to have the checkbox asking if job applicants have ever committed a crime removed from all job applications in the county.

Earlier Monday afternoon, there was another successful petition drive. This one was driven by the idea that Nashville's building boom was being driven by many out-of-state workers.

If Nashville is prospering, supporters want to make sure local people prosper as well.

Some worry that by being forced to use local workers, expenses will go up.

Friday, the petition to shrink Metro Council from 40 to 27 members easily achieved the necessary number of signatures.

The only major petition that didn't make it was one to decriminalize the possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. The drive fell 2,000 signatures short of the required 6,000.

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