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Ackerson pulls sponsorship of Mayoral Term Resolution

Thursday January 28, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisvilel Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

On Thursday night, Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26) pulled his sponsorship of R-214-10-09, a resolution designed to seek to amend Louisville Metro mayoral term limits from three consecutive terms to two. By pulling his sponsorship, the resolution dies at the Metro Council level.

Ackerson has released this statement explaining his decision:

“I introduced the Mayoral Term Limits Resolution in October of 2009 because I wanted to first inspire others to thoughtfully discuss how we might change our laws that govern Louisville Metro to make our government work better, and secondly because I wanted to seek to inspire new leadership, new ideas, and new vision, from our City’s chief executive office in the future. I believe that I have achieved the first goal in that other ideas are being discussed. I will continue to advance the second goal, but at this time have chosen to halt the progress of such until such time as my colleagues bring forth resolutions of their own to address the areas of change that they see as being needed.

On December 16, 2009, during the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee meeting, it was specifically discussed that the various ideas to amend KRS 67C, the laws which govern Louisville Metro’s government, would each be addressed in separate individual resolutions, due to the fact that each issue was independent and different. I and then Committee Chair Kelly Downard (R-16), each stated that we did not want to piecemeal the process whereby trade-offs and compromises could be made on the various issues. The goal that was intended was that members of the Council would support that which they truly believed needed change and not support something just to gain support for something else. Councilman Downard, as Committee Chair, stated at the end of the December 16, 2009 meeting that he hoped other Council Members would pick up the various KRS 67C issues that were submitted to him and turn them into resolutions. I stated during the discussion that he wanted each item dealt with separately and then bundled by a subsequent resolution to be delivered to the Kentucky legislature.

Other than Councilman Downard’s resolution and Councilwoman Mary Woolridge’s (D-3) resolution, both of which address the same subject matter, no other resolutions have been filed dealing with any other issues pertaining to changes to KRS 67C. In today’s news, a newspaper article reported many new proposed changes to the Merger Laws would be discussed at the February 10, 2010 meeting of the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. That same news article reported expressed concerns related to running out of time to get these issues before the legislature this session.

I have reservations and concerns that we may now be rushing items that need detailed and thorough discussion. Additionally, I am concerned that rather than addressing each item separately, there may be an effort to piggy-back changes upon my proposed resolution, which is contrary to what I and the former Chair of the Committee expressed back in the December 16, 2009 committee meeting. I fear that the potential rush and comingling of issues will result in pushing forward an effect that I did not intend. Because of such I have pulled my sponsorship of the resolution.”

Sponsor:
Brent Ackerson (D) 26