University of Louisville Digs In, Says No Need to Release More Records

The University of Louisville has responded to a request by the state attorney general to justify its refusal to turn over documents to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, in the latest step in an ongoing battle over public records. In a letter dated July 18, U of L’s outside counsel said KyCIR’s public records appeal is moot since university officials earlier this month made public its final audit report. The report by Strothman and Company, a Louisville-based auditing firm, examines the school’s financial controls and was ordered after a series of high-profile thefts at the institution. University officials presented a final version of the report to the board of trustees audit committee on July 2, the same day school officials were required to respond to Attorney General Jack Conway and provide a copy of the draft report and other related information. Since the report was considered final July 2, that document was provided to the attorney general’s office, not any draft report.

Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Seeks Advice on Council Members and Zoning Decisions

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission punted Thursday on an advisory opinion sought by Council President Jim King regarding whether council members have to determine who has an interest in zoning decisions. With little discussion, the committee voted to send a letter to King’s attorney, saying the commission would seek the legislative guidance of the metro council’s government accountability and ethics committee. “I really think it was a matter of the request being beyond our authority, frankly,” Chairman Jonathan Ricketts said. “It think if we would have given an opinion it would have lacked the statutory authority that it needed.”

When council members vote on zoning matters, they are given little information, other than a property’s size, location and purpose. In King’s case, a local activist had claimed he had a financial stake in properties he was voting on.