Louisville Waste Management District sues KY over 'unconstitutional change'

Louisville Waste Management District sues KY over 'unconstitutional change'

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Waste Management District has sued the commonwealth of Kentucky, claiming recent reforms violate the state's constitution.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, asked for an immediate injunction against HB 246, which was signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin last week.

HB 246 gets rid of the existing Solid Waste Management Board and allows suburban cities to split into different waste systems. According to Louisville city leaders, the bill could create up to 83 waste systems inside Jefferson County.

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The bill included an emergency clause, which allows the changes to take effect immediately.

Mayor Fischer said the reforms would undo decades of "consistent and efficient" regional policies for solid waste management in Louisville.

"With all the independent cities we have, you could have 83 different solid waste plans," Mayor Fischer said. "I don't think that would happen. But what you need is one unified system that we plan as a community for longevity of our landfill, to be a good sustainable community. That's what's done all over the state, done with good cities all over the country. We should not be an exception to that."

The Waste Management Board, in the lawsuit, notes the legislation violated the state's constitution by "targeting only Louisville for no obvious reason." The board also said the emergency clause had "no clear purpose."

According to the lawsuit, the legislation was purely political; passed to roll back Louisville's ban on plastic bags for yard waste.

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