Statement from Sen. Beverly Marrero, D-Memphis; Jan. 27, 2011:
MEMPHIS – State Senator Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis) expressed disappointment Thursday over Republican attempts to ram through legislation affecting a proposed referendum on consolidation of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools.
“Republican leadership has spoken time and again about smaller government, and yet here they are meddling in an unmistakably local issue,” said Marrero, Chair of the Shelby County Delegation.
“The Senate sponsor of this bill has assured me that he would address the delegation before moving forward. At this point, I have not heard from him.”
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, a Blountville Republican, made comments to the Commercial Appeal Thursday that he would work to delay or block a March 8 referendum to potentially consolidate the two systems.
Thursday afternoon, Senate Republican leaders scheduled two committee meetings for Wednesday, Feb. 2, to address legislation that would require state oversight in the issue. The General Assembly is not scheduled to return to session until Monday, Feb. 7.
“Speaker Ramsey repeatedly voices his displeasure with federal involvement in what he feels are state issues,” Marrero said. “This is the same sort of interference that he would deplore if it came from Washington.”