Thursday December 20, 2007
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622
Stephen Haag 574-1204/ 645-1752
When the Louisville Metro Council ended its final meeting of 2007 on December 20th, it completed one of the main tasks required with the creation of merged government some five years ago.
All Sunset laws have been reviewed and acted upon.
“This Council answered the challenge and completed one third of the total sunset review,” said Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12. “We began the year with 39 chapters, each committee took the job of reviewing seriously and the Council completed the goal.”
“We have worked for five years to address this seemingly mundane Metro Council responsibility. However it was very important to review every law to ensure that it was consistent with the goals of the new Metro Government,” said Kelly Downard (R) 16 who chairs the Government Administration Committee. “I want to thank each Metro Council Committee Chair for their dedication in helping to finish this task."
The Government Administration had the job of assigning each of the chapters to a specific Metro Council committee for review. The Committee worked hand in hand with the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.
“When we recommended the Sunset Provision, we knew what an immense and necessary task it would be,” said Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze. “I congratulate the Metro Council for its completion of this project, and recognize my office’s Research Ordinance Commission Director Brian Newman and his staff for their work in making today’s announcement possible.”
When Metro Government began in January 2003, The Metro Council was given five years to review all of the ordinances of the old City of Louisville and Jefferson Fiscal Court. The Council was charged with reviewing the chapters and then deciding to reenact, revise and adopt each of the chapters. If not, the laws would fall off the books by January 2008.
In the years since, various chapters and sections were reviewed and acted upon. In some cases, the review itself carried over into the following year.
The range of chapters reviewed this year covered a wide area from personnel, sewers, overlay districts, cable, pawnshops, easements, and taxes to pawn shops and insurance companies.
“Councilman Downard is to be commended for his tenacity in overseeing the review,” said Blackwell. “I also would like to thank the Jefferson County Attorney’s office and the Metro Council Clerk’s office for their assistance and tireless efforts in getting the job done. Metro government has modernized its local code of ordinances.”
Rick Blackwell (D)12
Kelly Downard (R) 16