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Hawkins Announces Welch’s Resolution Withdrawal

  After various citizens had written articles to the newspaper, and various other politicians had expressed their concern and disdain for the resolution requiring cold and flu medicines to obtain a prescription prior to purchase, Vicki Aubrey Welch has pulled her resolution.

  An email alert from Doug Hawkins stated that “Citizens, doctors, and experts in the field spoke against this resolution and questioned its real effectiveness.  A vast number of constituents made hundreds of phone calls to council offices and voiced their opposition to the Welch resolution.”

  Despite the calls and voices of opposition various council members who represent districts with a lower income rate than others supported the resolution. One supporter, Bob Henderson, of District 14 which neighbors Welch’s was stated to be a possible co-sponsor for the resolution should it continue.

  According to Hawkins’ email alert, Welch has stated an interest in bringing the resolution up again in the future. According to the District 13 site at louisvilleky.gov, Welch has seemingly blamed a lack of education on the failure of support for her resolution.

  A press release from the office of Tony Hyatt states in full:

While she still believes it is an important way to fight the rise of Meth labs in Louisville Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) has withdrawn her sponsorship of a resolution that would ask lawmakers in Frankfort to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug.

Her reason; action by lawmakers in Frankfort is not moving forward.

“After learning HB497, the bill to move Pseudoephedrine to a Schedule III drug, has reached a dead end lacking the support to move it any further during this session, I regret to inform you I decided to withdraw the sponsorship of my Resolution,” Welch told the Metro Council on Thursday.

Welch first filed the resolution after a second Meth lab explosion in January in her district which took the life of a young woman and left two children motherless. From then on, she has worked with Louisville Metro Police and additional Public Safety officials and neighborhood groups to move the resolution forward.

“Now let me be clear, I have not nor will I stand idly by and watch this happen to my community I am going to continue to fight the good fight and encourage all of you to join me. However, part of being a effective leader is knowing when to stop and re-evaluate,” said Welch.

The Councilwoman Cited the dramatic increase in Meth labs in Kentucky, a 63% increase in 2009, as one of many reasons why she will keep fighting for the law. She also cited the need for better public awareness of what the law would do and how it would impact the average person who needs cold medications.

“Unfortunately, until we can do a better job educating people and providing accurate, factual information to assist them in making informed decisions as opposed to allowing multi-billion dollar special interest groups to influence their opinions we will continue to see an increase not only in the number of Meth Labs but in the number of children displaced and ultimately the number of deaths,” said Welch.

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Proposed Ordinances | , , , | Leave a comment

Ethics Workgroup Meets Tonight

  Despite the fact that Ethics groups in Washington D.C. and state levels are organized to ensure that both parties are equally represented, Brent Ackerson (Democrat- 26th District), issued a letter approximately two weeks ago informing Council President David Tandy, and the rest of the Louisville Metro Council’s Ethics Ad-hoc committee that their committee was not in accordance with the rules governing the Council. Many familiar to the issue believe that the move was made to ensure that a strong Ethics Ordinance was not presented to the Council by the end of the year, though others state that it was to ensure that the ordinance was brought about in agreement with the current rules.

  Since presenting the letter, the Ethics issue has been in a bit of disarray, and certain groups have had to be reorganized to ensure the Ethcs Ordinance does not die in council. In effort to ensure the progress of creating a strong enough ordinance to bring to the council, and discuss the various issues and difficulties between the two proposals, a workgroup has been established.

  Members of the workgroup that will meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. are Tina Ward-Pugh, (Democrat- 9th District), Marianne Butler, (Democrat- 15th District), Ken Fleming, (Republican- 7th District), and Kevin Kramer, (Republican- 11th District).

 

  The workgroup consists of two democrats

November 4, 2009 Posted by | Proposed Ordinances | , , , , | Leave a comment

American Center for Law & Justice raises concerns with Healthcare Bill

Yesterday the American Center for Law & Justice, (ACLJ) president Jay Sekulow sent out an email stressing the concerns that his organization has with the current Healthcare Bill released by Nancy Pelosi. Following is a text of this email:

  “This is a critical week on Capitol Hill. 

Speaker Pelosi has unveiled her roughly-2,000-page version of the health care legislation and has indicated that she will call for a vote of the full House later this week

Of highest priority to us is the multitude of abortion-related funding problems in itThe Pelosi bill fully injects the government into the abortion business.”

  The email sent to various individuals also encourages denotions so that the organization can continue to address the concerns with this, and other issues dealing with the culture in America. This email also states that various members of the ACLJ are currently in Washington D.C. at the present time to address the Healthcare issue: ”
I’m in Washington, D.C., this week leading our legal and legislative teams to KEEP THAT MOMENTUM GOING.  Our Government Affairs office is also playing a key role in speaking out against the flaws in this legislation and letting Congress know about them.”

  To find out more regarding this organization’s stance on the Healthcare Bill, contact them through their site www.aclj.org

 

November 4, 2009 Posted by | Proposed Ordinances | , , | Leave a comment

Ackerson Answers Questions Regarding Resolution

  The Courier- Journal released their opinion regarding Mr. Brent Ackerson’s resolution proposal as being partisan to Republicans desire, they absolutely ignored the fact that the resolution was announced, and will be presented by Mr. Brent Ackerson, a Democrat that represents the 26th District.

  After receiving the media alert regarding the announcement of the resolution, Mr. Ackerson was asked a couple of questions regarding the timing of the resolution proposal. The resolution comes towards the end of Jerry Abramson’s term. When asked why the resolution proposal comes at this time, Mr. Ackerson stated that “It is about timing.  We have an administration leaving and not wanting to pass judgment on them,  and a new administration coming in, not knowing who they will be, and equally not wanting to pass judgment on them, to fully address this matter in a bipartisan non-judgmental way.”

 When asked about expecting any dissention about the resolution from members in his party, Mr. Ackerson replied that “My proposal is philosophical – it is not driven by partisan politics.  I do not anticipate this being a problem with my colleagues.  If they disagree, I welcome those opinions.”

  Members within his party, such as Bob Henderson, (District 14) has made statements that have provided the possibility of debate within the party. Mr. Henderson was recently quoted as stating that he believe that the voters should determine term limits. Republicans in council are in support of term limits.  The Courier-Journal has issued an opinion that mimics Bob Henderson.

  The resolution is expected to be presented this week.

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Proposed Ordinances | , , | Leave a comment

Tandy’s Resolution Regarding Domestic Violence On Agenda

 Tomorrow at 4:00 p.m., David Tandy’s Resolution, (R-208-10-09), entitled “A Resolution Calling Attention To The Pervasive And Life Crime Of Domestic Violence”  will come before the Public Safety Committee of the Louisville Metro Council.  Mr. Tandy, (Democrat- 4th District), wrote the resolution with various facts at the forefront of the resolution. Those facts include that “every day in the United States at least three women are murdered by a current or former intimate partner” and that “rural and urban women of all religious, ethnic, socio-economic and educational backgrounds, and of varying ages, physical abilities and lifestyles can be affected by domestic violence”. The final point made in a list is that “domestic violence has a tremendous human cost, and society pays a high price in health care costs, legal costs, and lost productivity as a result of domestic violence.”

  The resolution concludes with the following statement: “Given the devastating and lasting effects domestic violence can have not only to the victims and their families, but the communicty as a whole, the Louisville Metro Council urges its citizens to be vigilant and alert of such crime and to urge victims they know to obtain the appropriate help so as to end such abuse.”

  This resolution is one of many throughout the state to come after the horrendous murder of Amanda Ross. Ross, age 29, is believed to have been shot down by her former partner, Steve Nunn, (Republican – Glasgow), who is the son of former governor Louie Nunn, and a former state representative.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Proposed Ordinances | , , , | Leave a comment

Democrats Appoint Two Members to New Ethics Ad-Hoc Committee

  A story that has not appeared in any other media outlets thus far, Louisville Metro Council Democrats have informed the new Ad-Hoc Committee proposed by Ken Fleming and approved by Metro Council President David Tandy. The Republicans in the new Ethics Ad-Hoc Committee are Ken Fleming and Kevin Kramer. President David Tandy is overseeing the committee and the new members of the Committee representing the Democrats is Brent Ackerson and Marianne Butler.

  Ms. Butler filed a bill that countered Fleming’s bill that was proposed last year and by doing so caused the Council president to call an Ad-Hoc Committee. Though the Committee has been formed for months, nothing of significant value has been seen out of the Committee. With hopes of moving forward to a strong Ethics Ordinance, this new Ad-Hoc Committee was created by eliminating extra voices so that fewer people can debate and discuss the various issues in regards to ethics.

  Though the Minority Caucus, (Republicans), have yet to release a statement regarding the Democrats’ choice for this new committee, the buzz underneath the business of government is that they remain hopeful that they can have a bill available by the end of the year.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Proposed Ordinances | , , | Leave a comment

Ackerson’s Proposal Hits Snag With Party

Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson’s resolution proposal that he announced last Friday, October 9, has great potential of causing some minor shake-ups with Mayor Abramson’s apologists that are within his party. Many Democrats in council view the resolution as a good change and fall in line with the example presented among the nation’s leaders.

  After the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the United States Congress brought about a law that changed the term limits of the presidency to two four year terms. Previous to FDR’s presidency, our nation’s leaders encouraged and practiced two four year terms that was encouraged by presidents such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. In most states, various members of the executive branch are limited to two four-year terms. Here in the commonwealth, the governor is limited in terms of service. Mr. Ackerson has utilized these examples to provide reasoning for his resolution proposal. Now that proposal could bring some conflict amongst some apologists within his own party.

  In the Courier-Journal Saturday, October 10, 2009, in an article titled “Metro council to consider limit on mayoral terms” Dan Klepal quotes various members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Majority Caucus, (Democrats). Though the two members that are currently running for mayor, David Tandy and Jim King, have expressed their approval of the proposal, others are open to sincere debate and discussion, and a few do not appear to welcome the changes to the merger law.

  In the article, the majority of Democrats appear to welcome either the change in the merger law to exemplify the national and state limits for those in executive power, or, at least, to be open to sincere discussion and debate. Councilman Bob Henderson, (District 14), does not appear to be receptive of the change prior to discussion in the council, because he believes that individuals should serve as long as they are voted it. It should be the voters, not the legislators that determine the extent of service in office according to him.

  When asked if the Republicans agreed with the resolution proposal, Steve Haag, the Minority Council Director, stated that they supported the proposal. Some in the Minority Caucus believe that this is a good starting and or reference point for ensuring that checks and balances be in place, and allows the opportunity for growth of ideas and change.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Proposed Ordinances | , | Leave a comment

Ackerson Seeks To Change Term Limits

  Brent Ackerson, (Democrat- District 26), is seeking to change the term limits for the upcoming mayor in effort to have a better, more efficient government. To do so he will have to encourage the state General Assembly to change the Merger law. Earlier today he held a press conference announcing plans to do just that.

  In a Resolution that Brent Ackerson will file with the Metro Council Clerk’s office next week it states that the “Louisville Metro Council wishes to promote and ensure the infusion of new ideas, new vision, and new leadership into Louisville Metro Government’s chief elected office.” Section 2 of the resolution states “The Louisville Metro Council asks the Kentucky General Assembly to amend KRS 67C.105(2) to read as follows: The mayor shall be nominated and elected in partisan elections for a term of four (4) years in the same election years as other government officials as regulated by the regular election laws of the Commonwealth. The mayor shall assume office on the first Monday in January following his or her election. He or she shall serve until a successor qualifies and may serve for no more than two (2) consecutive terms after which time he or she shall be prohibited from running for election or being appointed as mayor for a period of at least four (4) years.”

  Mr. Ackerson referenced the fact that other elected officials have only two terms in which they serve, whereas the mayor of Louisville has a greater amount of time that they can serve. “With this change, Louisville will follow the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The state’s highest elected officials from the Governor on down can only serve two consecutive terms. This move guarantees new ideas, new vision, and new leadership.

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Proposed Ordinances | , | Leave a comment

Council Gets Another Shot At Ethics

Ethics in government has been lacking, and there have been some that have been working to fix that over the past two years. One of those individuals, Councilman Kevin Kramer in an effort to revive the Ethics Bill that has been stifled in Ad-Hoc committee.

  On Tuesday, Kevin Kramer had asked that a new committee be developed in effort to actually get a bill through. For two years a fellow Republican, Ken Fleming, had worked on a strong ethics bill with federal and state authorities to ensure that the government would have strong guidelines to follow. The Co-Sponsor of the bill was Council President David Tandy, a Democrat.

  Earlier this year, Marianne Butler brought a bill to the Council in effort to challenge the Fleming/Tandy bill, and the Co-Sponsor of that bill was John Ackerson. When asked why he would support Butler’s bill, which attempts to fine individuals who may have falsely reported a complaint, he stated that he did not get a provision that he wanted through with Fleming, and so he went with Butler. With both bills before council, David Tandy withdrew his sponsorship from Fleming’s bill and called an Ad-Hoc Committee. Since that Committee was formed, little has been accomplished in the way of Ethics.

  Tuesday, it appeared that the citizens of Louisville would miss out on another opportunity to have a government run with a strong ethical base. Learning that various Democrats, led by Dan Johnson and Marianne Butler were attempting to overload the proposed committee with at least one extra member of their party, Kevin Kramer came ready to fight for fair representation in the committee. For a while, it seemed that he would not get it, as President David Tandy appeared to be buckling under the pressure of his party. Eventually, Tandy agreed to dramatically reduce the size of the Ad-Hoc Committee.

  Representing the Republicans will be Ken Fleming, the sponsor of the first bill brought to Council in 2008, and Kevin Kramer. President David Tandy will be on the Ad-Hoc Committee and be the vote that will break any tied vote that may occur on the issues that come from the committee. Democrats have yet to announce who they will present for the Ad-hoc Committee on  Ethics, but the rumblings in the Hall are that Marianne Butler will be one, and many believe that either Dan Johnson or Rick Blackwell could very well be the other.

  The size of the committee, as well as the asking that the committee be reduced in size was imperative to ensure cooperation and progress in a bipartisan fashion, and to bring about a strong Ethics bill, according to many leaders. Though it has been difficult to pass in the past, many believe that an Ethics bill could be seen soon, not only because of the reduction in size of the Ad-Hoc

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Proposed Ordinances | Leave a comment

Mr. Ron Seiter Responds, and an update…

  Last week, Mr. Ron Seiter was noted as being the only individuals to speak at last Thursday’s Metro Council meeting in opposition to the “Litter Ordinance” which will directly effect the Courier-Journal’s distribution of advertisements in the manner that they do at this present point.

  In order to keep integrity intact, and allow a balanced voice of opinion, we have not only approved Mr. Seiter’s response to the  initial post on the Litter Ordinance last Thursday, but also wish to copy it in the post today. Mr. Seiter’s comments were as follows:

  ”

I think that this ordinance was made too hastily. The Courier-Journal was trying to negotiate some sort of plan, so that their ads would still be dispersed and the people who didn’t want them would be able to opt out.

Because this ordinance was passed there is a good chance the CJ will discontinue to spread their ads around which will cause a burden upon small businesses who previously relied on that cheap media outlet for advertising. During a time of economic recession small businesses should be protected, rather then trod upon.

Further more, this ordinance creates the potential for political targeting during election season. The “board” that will enforce this ordinance is under control of the Metro Council. The wording in the ordinance is vague enough that people can be found guilty and innocent based on a very fine line. This can make it easier to target political opponents, or other people saying things that are not agreed with by Council members.”

  There are various bits of information that Mr. Seiter was not privy to know at the point of time in which he issued his comments. Though the Courier-Journal has been, and is addressing the issue of these advertisements, there are not any plans at the present time to stop the distribution of the ads here in Jefferson County.

  In a detailed letter from Debra Messenger of the Courier-Journal that was provided to us by a few carriers, the advertisemnts are expected to stop in Bullit County, but will be expected to be delivered in Jefferson County. The carriers are going to expericene a shortage on certain days in various areas; but they are still expected to be delivered. The  Wednesday distribution of certain advertisements may stop, or be stalled, but the advertisements will continue, at least at the present time.

  There have been some reports that have stated that the Courier-Journal will be looking into a possible suit on the issue, but still continues to work with the Metro Council in a manner that is conducive to all parties involved.

June 15, 2009 Posted by | Proposed Ordinances | , , | Leave a comment