Louisville Metro Council http://wfpl.org en Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-minimum-wage-forum-highlights-tipped-workers-struggles <p>As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially.</p><p>Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.</p><p>Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.</p><p>But those in attendance said they were disappointed even fewer council members—save Democrats Attica Scott, David James and Chairwoman Barbara Shanklin—attended the special hearing.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:23:42 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9143 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles Should Louisville Police Buy Drones? http://wfpl.org/post/should-louisville-police-buy-drones <p>Louisville authorities unveiled on Friday an impressive new security camera system that shows what's happening in parts of the city in real-time, with the ability to zoom and pan. The purpose is to allow police to respond to problems practically as soon as they start.</p><p>But some Louisville Metro Council members want to take the efforts even further.</p><p>We're talking unmanned aircraft fitted with cameras.</p><p>Yes, drones.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 9131 at http://wfpl.org Should Louisville Police Buy Drones? Louisville Councilman David James' Jobs-Conflict Case Punted Back to Attorney General's Office http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-david-james-jobs-conflict-case-punted-back-attorney-generals-office <p>Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine is returning a controversial case involving Louisville Metro Councilman David James' potential jobs conflict to the Kentucky attorney general's office.</p><p>Earlier this month, Attorney General Jack Conway sent a letter to Wine saying <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/attorney-general-refers-metro-councilman-david-james-dueling-jobs-case-louisville-prosecutor">"ouster authority for county offices" fell within the Louisville prosecutor's jurisdiction</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:18:10 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8979 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilman David James' Jobs-Conflict Case Punted Back to Attorney General's Office Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Seeks Guidance on Council Members and Zoning Decisions http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-ethics-commission-seeks-guidance-council-members-and-zoning-decisions <p>The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission punted Thursday on an advisory opinion sought by Council President Jim King regarding whether council members have to determine who has an interest in zoning decisions.</p><p class="c4"><span class="c2">With little discussion, the committee voted to send a letter to King’s attorney, saying the commission would seek the legislative guidance of the metro council’s government accountability and ethics committee.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:57:37 +0000 Kristina Goetz 8930 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Seeks Guidance on Council Members and Zoning Decisions Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway http://wfpl.org/post/bill-raising-metro-louisville-minimum-wage-underway <p>Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is moving forward with an ordinance that would eventually raise local workers' hourly wages to $10.10 over the next three years.</p><p>Last month, Scott asked for<a href="/post/councilwoman-attica-scott-seeks-raise-minimum-wage-metro-louisville"> a legal opinion as to whether the council can mandate wage rates within the Metro area.</a> The county attorney's office has said she can move forward with the bill while they seek more answers from the state Attorney General’s office about enforcing such a plan.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8891 at http://wfpl.org Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway Louisville Metro Council Votes 26-0 to 'Ban the Box' http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-council-votes-26-0-ban-box <p>The Louisville Metro Council unanimously approved the so-called "ban the box" ordinance Thursday after a debate filled with contention and compromise.</p><p>Under the measure, people seeking jobs with the city and many of its vendors will no longer have to fill out applications asking if they have a criminal conviction.</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer's office initially said the measure was unnecessary given Metro Government already does not ask about a person's record.</p><p>But supporters who held a rally before Thursday's meeting argued the policy needed to be codified into law.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:55:15 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8869 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Council Votes 26-0 to 'Ban the Box' Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Seeks Changes to 'Ban The Box' Ahead of Metro Council Vote http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-seeks-changes-ban-box-ahead-metro-council-vote <p>Threatening a veto, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office is proposing a half dozen exemptions to the ban the box ordinance ahead of Metro Council members voting on the proposal Thursday.</p><p>The bill prohibits the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant's conviction history until it has been determined they're qualified for the job.</p><p>But the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/ban-box-moves-forward-louisville-despite-fischer-administrations-objections">mayor's office has objected to the ordinance</a> on a number of fronts.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8856 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Seeks Changes to 'Ban The Box' Ahead of Metro Council Vote ‘Ban The Box’ Moves Forward in Louisville Despite Fischer Administration's Objections http://wfpl.org/post/ban-box-moves-forward-louisville-despite-fischer-administrations-objections <p>A Louisville Metro Council committee has approved a measure prohibiting the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant's criminal history until the job is offered.</p><p>But members of Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer's administration joined council Republicans to voice concerns about the bill and its additional burden on local businesses.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:40:32 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8796 at http://wfpl.org ‘Ban The Box’ Moves Forward in Louisville Despite Fischer Administration's Objections UofL President James Ramsey Weighs-In on Councilman David James Situation http://wfpl.org/post/uofl-president-james-ramsey-weighs-councilman-david-james-situation <p>University of Louisville President James Ramsey is questioning the legal issues surrounding Metro Councilman David <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-attorney-louisville-councilman-david-jamess-jobs-conflict">James’ alleged conflict of interest</a>.</p><p>James is employed as a UofL police officer, a position that requires an oath of office.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:46:20 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8738 at http://wfpl.org UofL President James Ramsey Weighs-In on Councilman David James Situation Louisville Council Democrat's Internal Probe Based on 'Second-Hand Knowledge' http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-council-democrats-internal-probe-based-second-hand-knowledge <p>Louisville Metro Council Democrats are seeking to amend their caucus rules to bar legislative aides from working against fellow incumbents in local elections.</p><p>But the investigation that sparked the changes is based largely on hearsay and rumor, according to the council Democratic leader.</p><p>During the hour-long meeting, Council Democrats Vicki Aubrey Welch and David James clashed over the internal probe looking at whether his legislative aide is working to defeat an incumbent.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:13:08 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8733 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Council Democrat's Internal Probe Based on 'Second-Hand Knowledge'