The full Metro Council is set to consider a no-confidence vote in Mayor Greg Fischer on Thursday, and an amendment has been filed adding a long list of policy recommendations.The original resolution was introduced by all seven Republican members, urging the mayor to resign. They cited the increase in violent crime, his handling of the TARC and LMPD Explorer sex scandals, as well as lack of transparency around the response to ongoing protests.The seven-member Public Safety Committee debated the resolution last week, then advanced it to the full council.Republicans Marilyn Parker and James Peden voted in favor, as did Democrats Mark Fox, the only member to cross party lines.Three other Democrats, Barbara Sexton Smith, Barbara Shanklin and Madonna Flood, expressed confidence in Fischer. The seventh member, Jessica Green, was absent.While the likelihood of a pure no-confidence vote would pass is slim, it does put a lot of pressure on the mayor to make changes or continue to face push-back from Metro Council.The amendment, co-sponsored by Council President David James, lists 26 recommendations, including: releasing the complete Breonna Taylor investigation to the public once it is complete, enacting policy changes to foster home ownership among minorities and prevent their displacement and improving direct communication between the mayor and council members. James said the recommendations would restore Fischer’s standing, but one Republican said it may be too late for that.”I do think there are some good reforms in there that will help hold Mayor Fischer and his administration accountable, but my preference would be for his resignation because the city is in distress,” Parker said.James said Thursday, “I think we’re in a different world and we have council members that have constituents that are very upset with the mayor. I would guess that his approval rating here in Louisville is extremely low right now.”Fischer has called this a political play, and says it won’t help the city move forward.Metro Council, which is overwhelmingly Democrat, is set to meet at 6 p.m.

The full Metro Council is set to consider a no-confidence vote in Mayor Greg Fischer on Thursday, and an amendment has been filed adding a long list of policy recommendations.

The original resolution was introduced by all seven Republican members, urging the mayor to resign. They cited the increase in violent crime, his handling of the TARC and LMPD Explorer sex scandals, as well as lack of transparency around the response to ongoing protests.

Advertisement

The seven-member Public Safety Committee debated the resolution last week, then advanced it to the full council.

Republicans Marilyn Parker and James Peden voted in favor, as did Democrats Mark Fox, the only member to cross party lines.

Three other Democrats, Barbara Sexton Smith, Barbara Shanklin and Madonna Flood, expressed confidence in Fischer. The seventh member, Jessica Green, was absent.

While the likelihood of a pure no-confidence vote would pass is slim, it does put a lot of pressure on the mayor to make changes or continue to face push-back from Metro Council.

The amendment, co-sponsored by Council President David James, lists 26 recommendations, including: releasing the complete Breonna Taylor investigation to the public once it is complete, enacting policy changes to foster home ownership among minorities and prevent their displacement and improving direct communication between the mayor and council members.

James said the recommendations would restore Fischer’s standing, but one Republican said it may be too late for that.

“I do think there are some good reforms in there that will help hold Mayor Fischer and his administration accountable, but my preference would be for his resignation because the city is in distress,” Parker said.

James said Thursday, “I think we’re in a different world and we have council members that have constituents that are very upset with the mayor. I would guess that his approval rating here in Louisville is extremely low right now.”

Fischer has called this a political play, and says it won’t help the city move forward.

Metro Council, which is overwhelmingly Democrat, is set to meet at 6 p.m.

Source