Legislative Research Commission http://wkms.org en Kentucky State Police Find No Misconduct By LRC Director Bobby Sherman http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-state-police-find-no-misconduct-lrc-director-bobby-sherman <p>After a nearly seven-month investigation, the Kentucky State Police say investigators found no evidence that former Legislative Research Commission executive director Bobby Sherman shredded work-related documents to cover-up information on sexual harassment within the state legislature.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:54:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40986 at http://wkms.org Kentucky State Police Find No Misconduct By LRC Director Bobby Sherman How a Single Vote Saved Rep. John Arnold http://wkms.org/post/how-single-vote-saved-rep-john-arnold <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A single dissenting vote <a href="http://wkms.org/post/former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-cleared-ethics-charges">cleared former state Rep. John Arnold of wrongdoing Tuesday</a> as far as the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission is concerned. But on official business days where only five members of the nine-member body show up, a single vote is all it takes.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:17:25 +0000 John Null 39797 at http://wkms.org How a Single Vote Saved Rep. John Arnold Court Filing: Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Allegedly Inappropriately Touched House Colleague http://wkms.org/post/court-filing-former-kentucky-rep-john-arnold-allegedly-inappropriately-touched-house-colleagu-0 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">In a pair of responses to discovery requests, Legislative Research Commission employees Yolanda </span>Costner<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> and </span>Cassaundra<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> Cooper allege that Rep. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:17:18 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37472 at http://wkms.org Court Filing: Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Allegedly Inappropriately Touched House Colleague Arnold Committee Closes Shop http://wkms.org/post/arnold-committee-closes-shop <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">After nearly four months without interviewing a witness or investigating a shred of evidence, the special House committee investigating sexual harassment allegations against a former state lawmaker voted </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_142425624" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;" tabindex="0">Thursday</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> afternoon to end its operations.</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:37:55 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37299 at http://wkms.org Arnold Committee Closes Shop Ky. LRC Approves Audit Contract with National Conference of State Legislatures Despite High Cost http://wkms.org/post/ky-lrc-approves-audit-contract-national-conference-state-legislatures-despite-high-cost <p>Kentucky lawmakers have approved an internal audit of the state’s largest bureaucracy. The bipartisan National Conference of States Legislatures has been selected to audit the state Legislative Research Commission in the wake of scandal.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:05:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37275 at http://wkms.org Ky. LRC Approves Audit Contract with National Conference of State Legislatures Despite High Cost Kentucky Lawmakers Hire Firm to Represent LRC in Harassment Lawsuits http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-hire-firm-represent-lrc-harassment-lawsuits <p>Lawmakers unanimously approved a contract today to hire attorneys to represent a state agency in a pair of sexual harassment lawsuits.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:22:52 +0000 Jonathan Meador 36525 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Lawmakers Hire Firm to Represent LRC in Harassment Lawsuits Kentucky Lawmakers Debate How to Resolve Redistricting Confusion http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-debate-how-resolve-redistricting-confusion <p></p><p></p><p>State lawmakers are trying to figure out who their constituents are in the wake of new district maps. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:22:54 +0000 Jonathan Meador 36387 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Lawmakers Debate How to Resolve Redistricting Confusion Special Election Set for Dec. 10 to Replace Arnold http://wkms.org/post/special-election-set-dec-10-replace-arnold <p>Gov. Steve Beshear has set a special election for Dec. 10 to replace former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis.</p><p>Arnold resigned last month after being accused of sexual harassment. Legislative Research Commission staffers Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper allege Arnold touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:18:31 +0000 The Associated Press 35699 at http://wkms.org Special Election Set for Dec. 10 to Replace Arnold KY Panel May Broaden Sexual Harassment Probe http://wkms.org/post/ky-panel-may-broaden-sexual-harassment-probe <p></p><p></p><p>A select committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against a former lawmaker will consider sending letters to all legislative staffers inviting them to come forward with grievances.</p><p>Members of the panel will vote on that proposal from Republican state Representative Robert Benvenuti next Wednesday. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:36:11 +0000 The Associated Press 35596 at http://wkms.org KY Panel May Broaden Sexual Harassment Probe Will Coursey Likely to File Countersuit in Sexual Harassment Case http://wkms.org/post/will-coursey-likely-file-countersuit-sexual-harassment-case <p></p><p>Western Kentucky State Representative Will Coursey&rsquo;s lawyer says the legislator is likely to file a countersuit against claims he sexually harassed a former legislative assistant.</p><p>Paducah Attorney Mark Edwards says the Democratic lawmaker denies Nicole Cusic&rsquo;s allegations that he sexually harassed interns and Legislative Research Commission employees in February 2012. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:00:42 +0000 Whitney Jones 35583 at http://wkms.org Will Coursey Likely to File Countersuit in Sexual Harassment Case