K2 Ban Public Hearing Set For Tuesday, August 17

By John W. Davis

August 10, 2010 Updated Aug 10, 2010 at 11:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne City Council is holding a public hearing Tuesday, August 17, to discuss banning synthetic cannabinoids, better known as K2.

Councilman Mitch Harper introduced the ordinance last month.

The proposed law would fine K2 users up to $1,000 dollars.

The fine or selling K2 would be set at $2,500 dollars.

Harper says he wants community members to attend next week's council meeting at the City-County Building and weigh in on the issue.

Meanwhile, government transparency regarding city contract or real estate worth more than $50,000 dollars will also be discussed next week.

The proposed law would force any company doing business with the city to public the names of all people who own more than 10% of that company.

Right now, only the majority shareholder has to be disclosed.

"We need to know that. The public needs to know that. The public needs to have assurance that the Council's dealings and the Administration's dealings are above board," said Fort Wayne Councilman Mitch Harper.

"The City Council needs to grapple with what I think are some real key concerns of the citizens on a policy basis. We don't do that very often as a council," explained Harper.

Harper says his goal is to have K2 banned around the beginning of the school year.

Meanwhile, a highly debated city ethics law sponsored by Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Karen Goldner will also be up for discussion.

Also on the table, an ordinance approving a $199,900 study to see if it is possible to raise the railroads tracks on South Anthony Boulevard.

The study is related to high-speed rail.

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