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Metro Council to move forward with plan to addressing remaining sunset laws

Wednesday January 24, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
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Steve Haag: 574-1204/ 645-1752
For Immediate release:

Louisville – By the end of 2007, important decisions must be made regarding the old laws of the City of Louisville and Jefferson Fiscal Court.

On Tuesday, the leadership of the Louisville Metro Council discussed a plan to review and to either enact or discard the remaining laws of the old city of Louisville and Jefferson Fiscal Court.

“It is my hope that we will deal with the remaining laws by the end of this year,” said President Rick Blackwell (D) 12. “We have done some very good work as a Council up to this point; however, some serious review still needs to occur.”

Blackwell has assigned the task of moving forward to the Government Administration Committee lead by Chairman Kelly Downard (R) 16 and Vice Chair Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9.

During the Tuesday meeting of the Council’s Committee on Committees, Downard laid out a master plan to address the remaining laws. The committee will report on progress through out the year.

“We have devised a plan for addressing the remaining ordinances that need to be codified,” Downard told the Committee. “We will work with the administration and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office to identify which of the remaining need review and prioritize the order in which each is addressed.”

The Government Administration Committee will monitor and recommend which specific council committee should review each law.

“The Government Administration Committee will focus on distributing ordinances to the appropriate committee and will keep watch to ensure that none get bogged down in committees,” he said.

The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office says when the merged government began in January 2003; there were 78 chapters of combined laws between the old city and county governments. Each of those chapters contained sub sections.

Since the beginning of merger government, the Metro Council has made significant progress every year in reviewing the chapters.

As of December 2006, 50 percent of the chapters have been acted on. About 25 percent of the remaining chapters are currently under review. There has been no review set for the remaining chapters which cover a wide range of areas including parks, taxation and other operations of government.

“Issues such as fairness, smoking and dogs have generated a great deal of discussion,” says Blackwell. “When this merged government began, there were key issues that had to be addressed and some were put off because they could wait. Now the waiting is over.”

Downard says his committee will continuously report on the progress of the sunset law. “We should be able to let you know if there is a need to shift something from one committee to another in an effort to finish the review,” he said.

When voters approved merged government in 2000, state law mandated the review all of the laws within five years.

Sponsor(s):
Tina Ward Pugh (D) 9
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Kelly Downard (R) 16