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House panel passes bill to empower ethics committees in Lexington and Louisville

March 04, 2013 | | Comments 0

By Beth Musgrave
bmusgrave@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT — A bill that would give subpoena powers to committees in Lexington and Louisville that investigate alleged ethics violations within local government is heading to the full House.

The House Local Government Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 117 Monday. The Senate approved the bill 35-1 last month. The bill only applies to urban county governments.

Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, said the bill was in response to alleged ethics violations of council members in Louisville.

SB 117 would give ethics committees administrative subpoena power to gather documents and compel witnesses to testify.

Filed Under: KY General AssemblyLexington GovernmentUrban County Council

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