Emergency plans in Louisville threaten property rights

Emergency plans in Louisville raise eyebrows: Council members express concern over sanctity of private property rights

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John Aguilar
Daily Camera

Language in Louisville’s proposed emergency response plan, which would give the city the power to “commandeer private property” and “seize” buildings in a crisis, has given several of the city’s elected leaders pause.

The emergency ordinance, which was supposed to have gotten an up or down vote earlier this month, was instead tabled until April so that the council can figure out how it wants to deal with what one member called the measure’s “stark” language.

“I think any time you talk about government seizing private property — that’s not something I’m comfortable with,” Councilman Bob Muckle said Tuesday.

Muckle said he understood that in extraordinary circumstances, extraordinary measures must be taken, but he said he wants to hear from the police chief and other city staff on exactly how they envision implementing Louisville’s emergency measures.

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