I missed this news release from Louisville state representative Steve Riggs on Friday, taking aim at scandals at both the Kentucky League of Cities and the Kentucky Association of Counties:
House Local Govt. Committee to focus on
making KLC, KACo better, Rep. Riggs says
Frankfort – Legislation that would make the Kentucky League of Cities and the Kentucky Association of Counties more transparent and efficient will soon begin making its way through the House Local Government Committee, its long-time chairman, state Rep. Steve Riggs, said today.
“My committee is ready to enact legislation that restores the integrity of these two organizations so that they can regain the faith of the cities and counties that count on them,” said Rep. Riggs, D-Jeffersontown. “We need to make sure that the leaders of KLC and KACo understand what is expected of them; that the boards of directors have the knowledge they need to enforce more stringent rules; and that Kentuckians can rest assured their tax dollars are not being wasted.”
Rep. Riggs said he had meetings with Auditor Crit Luallen and his counterpart in the Senate, state Sen. Damon Thayer, about the best ways to move forward, and he will co-sponsor the legislation to help make that happen. One area Rep. Riggs said he would like to see improved is procurement, so that the process has more transparency when the organizations purchase goods or services. He also has called upon KLC and KACo to have new executive directors in place as soon as possible.
“These scandals are not just about a mis-use of credit cards and improper privileges; it goes deeper than that,” Rep. Riggs said. “The executive directors and their staffs created a permissive culture that left their boards out of the loop. I want to make sure that can never happen again. I want to see stronger ethics, greater accountability and sound fiscal management. As far as I am concerned, our elected local government leaders and the KLC and KACo boards are first at the table in negotiations. They are the ones that will ensure this session’s legislation is carried out.”