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Council to establish human services committee to address family, social issues

Wednesday January 14, 2004

Media Release

For Information Contact:

Jennifer F. Brislin

Patrick H. Neely

The headlines are startling: domestic violence is the No. 1 crime in Jefferson County; the school system includes 4,600 homeless students; substance abuse ruins lives and tears families apart; and thousands of families fight to make ends meant because child support obligations are not met.

That’s why the Louisville Metro Council President Kelly Downard announced today that the council is creating a Human Services Committee to address many family and social issues that face the community.
The bipartisan work on these issues began last year, when Downard spearheaded an effort to increase funding for domestic violence victims by $400,000.

“We worked together to step up the fight against domestic violence,” Downard said. “We are continuing that bipartisan commitment today.”

Downard also announced that Councilwoman Denise Bentley, D-1, will be the chairwoman.

The committee will focus on four areas: child support, domestic violence, homelessness and substance abuse.

“In my seven years as a legislator, I have witnessed a lacking of funding and resources needed to make a major impact in these four areas,” Bentley said. “Hopefully, this committee can assess the needs, then identify the resources and legislative changes necessary to have an impact on improving these conditions.”

Councilwoman Julie Raque Adams, R-18, will serve as vice-chairwoman.

“Families are the foundation for this community,” Adams said. “We must address these critical issues so we can strengthen families and provide a safe, nurturing environment for our children.”

  • Julie Raque Adams (R) 18
  • Denise Bentley (D) 1
  • Kelly Downard (R) 16