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Council members introduce ordinance today to strengthen requirements on charitable solicitations

Thursday October 23, 2003

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin

502.574.4137

Patrick H. Neely
502.574.1351

LOUISVILLE – After two months of working with charities and safety officials, Council members Julie Raque Adams, R-18, and Glen Stuckel, R-17, have drafted an ordinance to strengthen requirements on street-side charitable solicitation.

“Right now, there isn’t enough oversight,” Stuckel said. “The new ordinance will do more to ensure that the streets are safe and that the organizations collecting funds are legitimate. At the same time, we won’t burden charities with too much bureaucracy that would hamper them from raising money for good causes.”

The ordinance, which is also sponsored by Tom Owen, D-8; George Melton, D-15; and Ellen Call R-26; will be introduced at tonight’s council meeting. It then will be sent to the Government Administration, Rules, Ethics & Audits, which has its next meeting at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 3. The full council could vote on it as early as Nov. 13.

“The new ordinance focuses on ensuring the legitimacy of charities, increasing safety and improving the tracking system to identify which charity is collecting at each intersection,” Adams said.

The key changes in regulating charitable solicitation include:

-- Requiring everyone to have a permit. It removes the exemption for churches and schools. This change will allow a better tracking system. Those organizations will still be exempt from paying a fee.

-- Prohibiting solicitation after sundown. In addition, police have the ability to restrict solicitation in inclement weather.

-- Raising the age requirement from 16 to 18 years old and requires people to carry identification to verify their age.

-- Requiring liability insurance.

-- Increasing the fee from $25 to $50.

-- Limiting each group’s solicitations to 20 days per year. Previously, there was no limit.

-- Strengthening the requirement to display visible signs.

The sponsors of the ordinance have had meetings with charities, safety officials and held a public hearing to ensure that the rules are strengthened while allowing legitimate charities to continue their important efforts in the community.

Sponsor(s)

Julie Raque Adams (R)  18
Ellen Call (R)  26
George Melton (D)  15
Tom Owen (D)  8
Glen Stuckel (R)  17