Politics
5:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Investigative Kentucky House Committee Meets on John Arnold Case Despite Limited Options

Credit Legislative Research Commission Public Information

A special Kentucky House committee has begun the job of investigating sexual harassment claims against Rep. John Arnold.

The committee was formed earlier this month after Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a petition of censure or expulsion against Arnold. But now that Arnold is no longer a member of the legislature, the committee is limited in its options should its investigation find Arnold guilty.

Stumbo said that he believes the Kentucky constitution will permit the House to vote in favor of fining Arnold despite his resignation should he be found guilty. Rep. Arnold Simpson, a Democrat from Covington, said the amount of the fine should be used to offset the costs of the investigation.

The committee plans to hire outside legal counsel to advise them on its affairs. It will meet again Oct. 9 to discuss the scope of its investigation.