Tip Line Ordinance Clears Committee

by Gabe Bullard on April 22, 2009

The Louisville Metro Council Oversight Committee has approved an ordinance that calls for the creation of a tip line to report allegations of wrongdoing in Metro Government. It goes before the full council in two weeks.

If the legislation passes, it will allow the city to partner with a third party to establish the tip line.

Ordinance sponsor Kevin Kramer says a third party line is preferable because it is staffed by experienced call screeners who can protect caller anonymity and weed out frivolous and baseless claims.

“If you only take 14 calls, it’s hard for a person who only takes that number of calls to get any experience. So a third party tip line, where this is what they do, the persons who are sitting at the phone, this is their experience and they have a good deal more,” he says.

Mayor Abramson has said he will support the ordinance if the tip line is indeed secure. Committee co-chair Kelly Downard says one possible obstacle to passage is the tip line’s annual cost of about $20,000.

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Bob April 23, 2009 at 11:05 am

Congratulations to the Metro Council for this step and now on to full approval and implementation of the tip line. Part of the congratulations is for countering Abramson’s personal opposition to the tip line when he so very much doesn’t want Metro citizens to see what happens in their government.

The steps, both Council growing willingness to do what is right and what should follow as full set up of the tip line, mean better government in Louisville.

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