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Metro Newsroom

Metro Council continues its review of sunset laws

Tuesday May 1, 2007

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

In the first four months of the year, the Louisville Metro Council has completed its review of 14 chapters of the Code of Ordinances.

There are 20 chapters currently in committees under review and 7 additional chapters that have not yet received a first reading.

“The County Attorney’s Office has worked diligently to get these ordinances introduced. Now the important work of the committees remains to be done, but I am confident that the work will be completed by the end of the year.” says Metro Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12.

On April 26th, first reading was given to ten of the chapters which are a combination of the old laws between the then City of Louisville and Jefferson County Fiscal Court prior to January 2003.

“Our committees have much work ahead but the chairpersons are leading the process well,” says Kelly Downard (R), chair of the Government Administration, Rules, Ethics and Audit Committee. The Committee has been coordinating the review since the beginning of the year.

“Here at Derby time, it is not a question of how fast we can cross the finish line,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9. She is vice- chair of the Government Administration Committee. “But the old saying could apply of slow and steady wins the race.”

The Council began the year with 40 of those chapters to be reviewed. The old laws may be amended, reenacted or repealed under the merger law.

So far, 34 of the chapters have been introduced for review. Fourteen chapters have been acted upon, 20 remain in committee. That last number includes the ten given first reading last Thursday.

The seven chapters remaining should be ready for consideration with in the next week or two.

They are: Sewers: Occupational License Tax; Regulations Governing Special Businesses; Hotels, Motels, and Similar Businesses; Insurance Companies; Building Regulations and Overlays.

Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Kelly Downard (D) 16
Tina Wward-Pugh (D) 9