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Majority Caucus to ask County Attorney for legal opinion on resolution supporting Memorandum of Agreement

Monday July 17, 2006

For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release: 

Louisville – The Majority Caucus of Louisville’s Metro Council has asked Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze to determine if a resolution passed last Thursday is legal.

“We would like a determination,” said Majority Leader Jim King, (D) 10. “It is important for the Council to know if the language of Thursday’s resolution violates the Kentucky’s Procurement Code and procedures with the Finance Cabinet. We also need to know if it violates the bond language that was passed for funding.”

The subject came up on Friday when Governor Ernie Fletcher indicated language involving labor unions negotiating the agreement may violate the code. If that were the case, the project would not be able to use $75 million in bonds approved by the Kentucky General Assembly for arena construction.

“There are many unanswered questions,” said King. “The budget committee was given no indication that a PLA would violate the code if approved.”

Maze is the designated legal representative of Metro Government under conditions of merger approved in 2000. His office advises the Council and other agencies of government on all aspects of local, state and federal law. In many cases, the office has offered opinion on proposed laws.

The resolution supporting the Memorandum of Agreement was passed Thursday night by a vote of 18 to 5. It makes union leaders the key negotiators of a project labor agreement that sets working conditions on the arena project.

The Council’s resolution sets goals for minority and women workers and contractors.

Jim King (D) 10