by James Bruggers , @jbruggers –
This is just the latest twist in a conflict over solid waste management in Louisville and Jefferson County
Perhaps as its final act, the local solid waste authorized the Jefferson County Attorney’s office to sue Kentucky over a new law that dramatically shakes up how solid waste will be overseen in Louisville and Jefferson County.
Gov. Matt Bevin signed House Bill 246 into law on Tuesday, the same day that the waste board held a special meeting to authorize a lawsuit on the grounds that the law violates Kentucky’s Constitution.
This is just the latest twist in a conflict over solid waste management that began when Republicans on Louisville Metro Council objected to the waste board’s decision in 2014 to ban plastic bags for yard waste such as grass clippings and leaves. The critics argued that the action was an end-around elected officials. Mayor Greg Fischer, who backed the ban, and the county attorney’s office, made the case that the waste board was fully in its right to regulate solid waste and recycling.
Supporters of the new law have said it’s no longer about a plastic bag ban.
This story will be updated.