New Louisville Metro Council President has just executed what might be the two most powerful and meaningful authorities he has as President, the naming of which committees the council will have this year, and who will chair those committees.
As he had forecast, Owen added a new committee, the Energy and Environment Committee, to be chaired by Brent Ackerson (D-26) with James Peden (R-23) the Vice-Chair.
In all, Owen named 12 committees, seven chaired by Democrats, five chaired by Republicans. Interestingly, while mayoral candidate Jim King remains Budget Committee Chairman (he had hoped to be Majority Caucus chair), no other mayoral candidates are either chairs or vice-chairs of any committee, including outgoing Metro Council President David Tandy.
President Owen announces Chairs and Vice-Chairs for 2010 Metro Council Committees
New created for 21st Century needs
Louisville – Metro Council President Tom Owen (D-8) has announced who will be in charge of 12 Council Committees in the coming year. For the first time, an energy and environment committee is being created to review future environmental trends for Metro Louisville.
“The time has come to look ahead and see what our long term energy needs are for this city,” said Owen. “As American and World leaders assess issues such as resource limitations, climate change and global warming, we should begin a review of where we are headed in the 21st Century.”
The new Committee is responsible for review of trends local, state and national for Louisville when it comes to the future use of natural resources. It will review programs that are environmentally sustainable yet economically responsible from air quality to recycling and waste disposal.
The Committee will examine ways to make Metro Louisville “Greener” while making the public more aware of the challenges and opportunities we face through legislation and education.
The remaining Metro Council Committees will see no change in goals or descriptions for the coming year.
“I want to thank my colleagues who have agreed to the Chair and Vice Chair positions on these committees,” says Owen. “We have some very important work ahead of us in the coming year. I know these are dedicated people who have Metro Louisville’s best interests at heart.”
Here are the Chairs and Vice-Chairs for Metro Council Committees in 2010
Appropriations NDF’s and CIF’s:
Robin Engel (R-22) Chair
Rick Blackwell (D-12) Vice Chair
Jim King (D-10) Chair
Kelly Downard (R-16) Vice Chair
Barbara Shanklin (D-2) Chair
Doug Hawkins (R-25) Vice Chairman
Contracts and Appointments:
Stuart Benson (R-20) Chair
Mary Woolridge (D-3) Vice Chair
Energy & Environment:
Brent Ackerson (D-26) Chair
James Peden (R-23 Vice-Chair
Government Accountability and Oversight:
Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) Chair
Ken Fleming (R-7) Vice Chairman
Health & Human Needs:
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) Chair
Kevin Kramer (R-11) Vice Chair
Labor & Economic Development:
Marianne Butler (D-15) Chair
Kelly Downard (R-16) Vice Chair
Parks, Libraries & Cultural Activities:
Glen Stuckel (R-17) Chair
Bon Henderson (D-14) Vice Chair
Planning/Zoning, Land Design & Development:
Jon Ackerson (R-18) Chair
Dan Johnson (D-21) Vice Chair
Kevin Kramer (R-11) Chair
Judy Green (D-1) Vice Chair
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) Chair
Robin Engel (R-22) Vice Chair