Jonathan Meador http://wkms.org en Winners, Losers and Lost Causes From the General Assembly's 2014 Session http://wkms.org/post/winners-losers-and-lost-causes-general-assemblys-2014-session <p>By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014&nbsp; Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">All else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:17:13 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40024 at http://wkms.org Winners, Losers and Lost Causes From the General Assembly's 2014 Session Jenkins Advocates for Ethics Bill Next Session http://wkms.org/post/jenkins-advocates-ethics-bill-next-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Representative Joni Jenkins says if a special legislative session is called for later this year, ethics reform should be on the agenda.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the session, Jenkins filed an amendment to an unrelated bill that would reconfigure the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, which has come under fire after it found former lawmaker John Arnold not guilty of sexual harassment charges, but the Senate didn’t take up that bill.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:54:16 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39981 at http://wkms.org Jenkins Advocates for Ethics Bill Next Session Arnold Ethics Trial May Continue http://wkms.org/post/arnold-ethics-trial-may-continue <p>The ethics trial against former lawmaker John Arnold may continue.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Because the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission did not consider a motion to dismiss the case against the West Kentucky lawmaker in a hearing last week, the case may go forward.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:42:27 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39980 at http://wkms.org Arnold Ethics Trial May Continue Clock Runs Out on House to Pass Heroin Bill http://wkms.org/post/clock-runs-out-house-pass-heroin-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A high-profile measure that would enact tougher heroin laws in Kentucky failed to gain traction in the state House in the waning moments of this year's legislative session.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39925 at http://wkms.org Clock Runs Out on House to Pass Heroin Bill Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-rep-jim-gooch-threw-womens-underwear-dinner-table-statehouse-staffers-allege <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:52:15 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39887 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege Arnold Accusers Plan to Appeal Kentucky Ethics Panel's Decision http://wkms.org/post/arnold-accusers-plan-appeal-kentucky-ethics-panels-decision <p>Two women who made formal sexual harassment complaints against former Kentucky State Representative John Arnold have filed a motion with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission asking it to reconsider its ruling that cleared Arnold of ethics charges.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:37:31 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39869 at http://wkms.org Arnold Accusers Plan to Appeal Kentucky Ethics Panel's Decision Sexual Harassment Training Bill To Become Kentucky Law http://wkms.org/post/sexual-harassment-training-bill-become-kentucky-law <p>A bill that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for Kentucky state lawmakers is poised to become law.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:22:17 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39787 at http://wkms.org Sexual Harassment Training Bill To Become Kentucky Law Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges http://wkms.org/post/former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-cleared-ethics-charges <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="John Arnold" data-attribution="Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/Arnold_1.jpeg" alt="" /><p>FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.<p>In considering witness testimony and evidence filed in <a href="/post/third-woman-accuses-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-says-state-failed-act">three ethics cas Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:57:49 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39770 at http://wkms.org Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges Arnold Ethics Hearing Starts Tuesday http://wkms.org/post/arnold-ethics-hearing-starts-tuesday <p></p><p>The ethics trial involving a former West Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexually harassing female state employees will begin tomorrow.</p><p>Three of the women who brought formal ethics complaints against former Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, are expected to testify at Tuesday’s adjudicatory hearing that will determine whether or not Arnold violated state ethics laws.&nbsp;</p><p>Thomas Clay is an attorney for the women, and he expects the proceedings to go by the numbers.&nbsp; Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:16:07 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39735 at http://wkms.org Arnold Ethics Hearing Starts Tuesday KCEP Head Says State Budget Inadequate http://wkms.org/post/kcep-head-says-state-budget-inadequate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The director of one of Kentucky’s leading non-profit economic policy think tanks says the recently-passed state budget fails to address the state’s revenue problem.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:12:55 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39670 at http://wkms.org KCEP Head Says State Budget Inadequate