Legislative Research Commission

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The state will pay $400,000 to settle two sexual harassment lawsuits against lawmakers and the state agency that runs administrative operations in the state Capitol.

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  Details of the settlement between the Legislative Research Commission and staffers who say they were sexually harassed by state lawmakers will be released Thursday, according to the plaintiffs’ attorney in the case.

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The Legislative Research Commission will not move forward with hiring a new director for the troubled state agency for now.

State lawmakers said a performance audit of the Legislative Research Commission reveals cultural issues in the Kentucky state Capitol.

The audit by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that the state agency’s employees were distressed by a culture of favoritism and opaque hiring practices in the LRC, a state agency that provides research and staffing to legislators. However, the audit said little about sexual harassment in the organization, even though the report was commissioned in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal in the Statehouse.

LRC Invokes Legislative Immunity In Harassment Case

Sep 29, 2014
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The state Legislative Research Commission is arguing that none of its members can be sued in an ongoing harassment case due to a state law that permits immunity to lawmakers.

 

Judge Makes No Decision in LRC Sexual Harassment Case

Sep 11, 2014
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In Frankfort, lawyers for the state are asking a judge not to allow the release of documents that could include information on sexual harassment in Kentucky state government.

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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.

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 A single dissenting vote cleared former state Rep. John Arnold of wrongdoing Tuesday 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.

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In a pair of responses to discovery requests, Legislative Research Commission employees Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper allege that Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, was inappropriately touched by Arnold.

Arnold Committee Closes Shop

Dec 12, 2013
Kentucky Public Radio

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 Thursday afternoon to end its operations.

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