Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Metro Council skips over street employment bill

The Nashville Metro Council was scheduled to debate a bill yesterday prohibiting the solicitation of employment from either a street or a vehicle; the proposal is targeted at day laborers, many of whom are Hispanic (see the July article in the Hispanic Nashville Notebook on this subject). The Tennessean reported on a slew of decisions yesterday by the Council, but the employment bill is not among them.

A Metro Council analysis of the proposal (search for 728) indicates that "[t]he Metro Code already prohibits persons from standing within the Metro right-of-way for purposes of soliciting employment or contributions, but does not extend to persons seeking out workers."

The law is not limited to Hispanic workers or their prospective employers.

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