Louisville Metro Councilwoman Madonna Flood http://wfpl.org en Councilwoman Madonna Flood Withdraws Support from Insurance Tax Hike Ordinance http://wfpl.org/post/councilwoman-madonna-flood-withdraws-support-insurance-tax-hike-ordinance <p>A second Democratic Louisville Metro Council member is pulling their sponsorship of a proposal to raise the city’s tax on insurance premiums to give affordable housing initiatives a consistent revenue stream.</p><p>Councilwoman Madonna Flood, D-24, was listed as one of original seven lawmakers backing the legislation, which seeks to increase the tax by one percentage point and raise an estimated $9.7 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.</p><p>But Flood now opposes the idea and says supporters put her name on the ordinance without her consent.</p><p>"No one called to discuss with me an ordinance being filed at that particular time. We talked in generalities," says Flood. "They were gathering support, but I had a ton of questions that I asked folks about that and for some reason my name appeared on the ordinance."</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:44:09 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4006 at http://wfpl.org Councilwoman Madonna Flood Withdraws Support from Insurance Tax Hike Ordinance Democrats Halt Resolution Requesting Ethics Commission Be Given Subpoena Powers http://wfpl.org/post/democrats-halt-resolution-requesting-ethics-commission-be-given-subpoena-powers <p>After a 30-minute debate, the Louisville Metro Council’s government accountability committee put off a vote asking state lawmakers to give the city’s ethics commission subpoena power.</p><p>The non-binding measure had bipartisan support initially with leaders on both sides of the aisle saying it made common sense. But during discussion, Democrats raised concerns that state lawmakers could give the commission too much power and that the council should deliver a more specific proposal.</p><p>Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19, is chairman of the committee and filed the resolution. He says he was surprised by the decision to table to measure because no council members objected to the matter beforehand, adding Democrats have sent a troubling message.</p><p>"The non-partisan metro council of Lexington is supporting passage of a resolution, which urges passage of this. Our partisan council in Louisville seem to have issues and it’s troubling, but we are where we are," he says.</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:56:12 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3831 at http://wfpl.org Democrats Halt Resolution Requesting Ethics Commission Be Given Subpoena Powers State Law Forces Metro Council to Leave Guns Out of ‘Deadly Weapons’ Ordinance; Nunchucks Included http://wfpl.org/post/state-law-forces-metro-council-leave-guns-out-deadly-weapons-ordinance-nunchucks-included <p>The Louisville Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee will discuss a proposed ordinance this week that would take out guns in the city’s definition of deadly weapons.</p><p>The ordinance seeks to change Metro Government's safety codes to include such things as knives, nightsticks, ninja star,&nbsp;nunchuck karate sticks and brass knuckles as violent weapons, but not firearms.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:36:37 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3410 at http://wfpl.org State Law Forces Metro Council to Leave Guns Out of ‘Deadly Weapons’ Ordinance; Nunchucks Included