LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Four Metro Council members are now facing a lawsuit after the Institute of Justice says they stonewalled a public records request for communications related to food trucks.

The Institute of Justice filed the lawsuit against Brandon Coan, Barbara Sexton-Smith, Scott Reed and Pat Muhvihill.

They claim the council members have been pushing crippling ordinances for food truck operators since 2017 when the city passed but quickly repealed a rule requiring food trucks set up 150-feet from restaurants selling similar food.

Attorney for the Institute of Justice Arif Panju says in May, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear ruled the council members violated the Open Records Act.

"It is time to open the blinds of transparency to see why four council members keep advancing an ordinance that does nothing but stifle food trucks and make their lives difficult,” he said.

A new proposed ordinance would regulate where food trucks parked and how they operated.

A Metro Council spokesperson says he has no comment at this time until the lawsuit is reviewed.

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