Sunday, May 31, 2015

Council set to pass budget, anti-discrimination law

At its meeting Monday evening, the Midway City Council is scheduled to pass a city budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 and become the eighth Kentucky town with an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or familial situation.

The council gave the ordinance first reading May 18 and disposed of several questions raised by Council Member Libby Warfield, the only member to voice skepticism about it at public meetings. The ordinance was strongly favored by the 25 people who spoke at a May 7 public hearing.

Newly elected Mayor Grayson Vandegrift, who had served one term on the council, proposed the ordinance after the countywide Human Rights Commission asked him, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott and County Judge-Executive John Coyle to pass one. The Versailles City Council and the Woodford County Fiscal Court have not acted on the issue.

Other Kentucky cities with such "fairness ordinances," as advocates call them, are Louisville, Lexington, Covington, Frankfort, Danville, Morehead and the Perry County village of Vicco.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The Midway Messenger will be unable to cover the meeting, but the Lexington Herald-Leader and The Woodford Sun are expected to be there. For a PDF (size: 16 mb) of the council packet, with the ordinance, the budget and a proposal to lease the old sewage-treatment plant for fish farming, click here.

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