‘Round tuit:’ Mayor delaying publication, effect of whistleblower law council has already approved

State law requires an ordinance, passed by a city, to be published in the newspaper prior to the ordinance taking effect. In Bardstown, the city council has passed the ordinance, referred to as the “Whistleblower Ordinance,” and the mayor has already signed it but his refusal so far to have it published keeps it from being law.

83A.060 specifies the process and you will note from this subsection, the ordinance is not effective until it has been published.

(9) Except in cities of the first class, a charter county government, and as provided in subsection (7) of this section, no ordinance shall be effective until published pursuant to KRS Chapter 424. Ordinances may be published in full or in summary as designated by the legislative body. If the legislative body elects to publish an ordinance in summary, the summary shall be prepared or certified by an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and shall include the following:
(a) The title of the ordinance;
(b) A brief narrative setting forth the main points of the ordinance in a way reasonably calculated to inform the public in a clear and understandable manner of the meaning of the ordinance; and
(c) The full text of each section that imposes taxes or fees.
Ordinances that include descriptions of real property may include a sketch, drawing, or map, including common landmarks, such as streets or roads in lieu of metes and bounds descriptions.

From The Kentucky Standard, Bardstown

The whistleblower ordinance is not yet the law, and won’t be until Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has it published.

When questioned about it Tuesday afternoon, the mayor said he would publish it when he gets around to it.

During a meeting of the Bardstown City Council, Royalty said he had signed the ordinance, but had not directed City Clerk Barbie Bryant to publish it in The Kentucky Standard.

Until it’s published, said Councilman John Kelley, it isn’t in effect.

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