FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11)—A Kentucky Senate committee has approved a measure to give local ethics boards more power.
In Nov. 2012, Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin walked out of her hearing. She refused to answer questions of the Lou. Metro Ethics Commission by saying she pleaded the fifth.
Senate Bill 53 would stop that from happening, allowing these urban-county and consolidated local governments to have a subpoena power with their code of ethics.
Senator Julie Denton (R-Louisville) is sponsoring the bill again, after it passed the Senate last year, but failed to get the voted needed in the House.
Denton is leaving the Senate to run for a seat on the Lou. Metro Council.