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Metro Council takes first steps on 13 of 39 sunset laws

Tuesday March 6, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release                    
Media Contacts:        
Tony Hyatt     
574-4137 / 526-3622
Stephen Haag  
574-1204 / 645-1752                 

At the March 8th meeting of the Metro Council, first reading will be given to 13 of the 39 chapters of laws remaining between the old City of Louisville and Jefferson County government that must be reviewed. Those laws can be enacted as is, reviewed and changed then passed or have no action taken. If no action is taken those laws fall off the books.

“This has been a top priority of my presidency, and the Government Administration Committee has made this its priority,” says Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12. “With these first readings, we move forward one third of the legislation to be reviewed. The work of the committees has now begun, and I am confident that the work will be completed by the end of this year”

“We are committed to reviewing every ordinance prior to the end of our fifth year of merged government,” says Government Administration Committee Chairman Kelly Downard (R) 16. “The Metro Council will have the opportunity to vote up or down on each ordinance and ensure that none are left to sunset without out proper discussion.”

Downard and Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D) are monitoring the review of these laws. Ward-Pugh is Vice-Chair of the Committee.

“It is our charge that these 39 chapters get a fair and deliberative review through out this year,” says Ward-Pugh. “I would hate to think that any good law will go off the books because of our inaction. I am confident that will not happen”

The following is a breakdown of the 13 chapters by committee assignment and then specific laws:

· Contracts; Procurement Procedures

· Government Administration; Merit Board for Employees, Alcohol Beverages, Offenses against Morals, Offenses against Persons, Signs

· Health & Human Services; Noxious Substances

· Public Safety; Police and Fire Departments and Auxiliaries, General Provisions, Offenses against Property, Offenses against Public Peace, Weapons Control, Juvenile Offenses/Curfew

· Transportation/Public Works; Metro Owned Properties

On February 22nd, first reading was given to chapters on taxation and property maintenance Code. Those laws were assigned to the Budget and Transportation/Public Works Committees respectively.

In the coming weeks, the remaining chapters will be given first reading and then assigned to a council committee.

Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Kelly Downard (R) 16
TIna Ward-Pugh (D) 9