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File #: BL2021-612    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Passed
File created: 1/11/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 2/16/2021 Final action: 2/16/2021
Title: An ordinance establishing a Special Commission to review and investigate the circumstances and responses pertaining to the suicide bombing in Nashville on December 25, 2020, and to make any recommendations regarding public safety improvements.
Sponsors: Bob Mendes, Jennifer Gamble, Freddie OConnell, Russ Bradford, Ginny Welsch, Joy Styles, Zulfat Suara, Emily Benedict, Erin Evans, Kyonzte Toombs
Attachments: 1. BL2021-612
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An ordinance establishing a Special Commission to review and investigate the circumstances and responses pertaining to the suicide bombing in Nashville on December 25, 2020, and to make any recommendations regarding public safety improvements.



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WHEREAS, on December 25, 2020, a suicide bomber detonated a large explosion in downtown Nashville on 2nd Avenue North; and

WHEREAS, the explosion caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure, significant business closures, job losses, and displaced people from their homes; and

WHEREAS, many lives were saved as a result of the heroic actions of first responders and public safety personnel of Nashville and Davidson County; and,

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County is committed to learning from this tragic bombing;

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County is committed to transparently report what happened, why it happened, and any areas of potential improvement in policies, practices, procedures, and/or laws; and

WHEREAS, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requires that these matters be pursued diligently.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. There is hereby established a Special Bombing Review Commission ("the Commission"). The Commission shall be comprised of nine members. Seven members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Mayor, which are not subject to confirmation by the Metropolitan Council ("Council"). The remaining two members shall include the Chair of the Council Public Safety Committee (or another Council Member designated by such Chair) and the Vice Mayor (or his designee). The Commission members shall be appointed not later than twenty (20) days after adoption of this ordinance. The Commission shall promptly meet to select a Chair and to establish rules for the conduct of its business.

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