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President King announces 2008 Committees for Metro Council

Wednesday January 23, 2008

For Immediate Release:
Office of the President
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

LouisvilleMetro Council President Jim King (D) 10 today announced an updated and restructured committee structure for the Metro Council and the related appointments for Chairs and Vice Chairs of such committees.

“I have seen unprecedented cooperation from my fellow council members as I developed this new committee organization,” said King. “We looked at ways to make the committees more relevant to the current needs and issues facing Metro Government.”

Seven of the twelve committees will see no changes in their role of reviewing proposed legislation.

But a new oversight committee announced by King will take a closer look at metro operations with the intent of allowing the Council a better understanding of available finances, resources and expenses.

“Many on the Council expressed an interest to be more prepared for changes in the economic landscape that can affect services and future projects,” said King. “In tight budget times, I believe we need to increase our focus to our revenue sources and spending priorities.”

The new oversight committee will be known as Government Accountability and Audit. The audit and oversight functions of the Government Administration Committee will be transferred to the new committee. The charge of this new panel will be to meet annually with the City’s external auditors and quarterly with City’s internal auditors to review government functions, financial reporting, risk assessments and resource allocations.

“This committee will also have an important function of holding hearings prior to the proposition of new legislation,” said King. “Any council member may request the committee to hold hearings on relevant matters of current public interest subject to approval of the Committee Chair and Council President.”

The new Oversight Committee will not process legislation but it may propose legislation to be processed by other committees.

Other committee changes:

· The Health and Human Services Committee will become Health and Human Needs. The committee will look into environmental issues as well as other areas such as affordable housing along with the task of reviewing health concerns in the community.

· The Minority Affairs Committee will be renamed the Minority and Community Affairs Committee. New areas of review could include the Department of Neighborhoods and International Affairs along with minority issues.

· Several committees have been streamlined to function with five instead of seven members

· Consideration is being given to renaming the Committee on Parks, Libraries and Cultural Assets or enhancing it with a subcommittee that will be devoted specifically to libraries and library funding

“I appreciate the honest discussion and input I have received from every member of the Council as we make improvements to a system that is supposed to protect the taxpayers and ensure the continued improvement of Louisville’s quality of life,” says King.

The new Metro Council Committees will hold their first regular meetings the first week in February.

Jim King (D) 10