Legislative Research Commission

Government
4:17 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

How a Single Vote Saved Rep. John Arnold

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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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Government
10:17 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Court Filing: Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Allegedly Inappropriately Touched House Colleague

Former Kentucky state Rep. John Arnold allegedly inappropriately touched a House colleague, according to new filings in asexual harassment civil suit by two Statehouse staff members.
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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.

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Government
3:37 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Arnold Committee Closes Shop

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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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Government
5:05 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Ky. LRC Approves Audit Contract with National Conference of State Legislatures Despite High Cost

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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.

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Government
10:22 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Hire Firm to Represent LRC in Harassment Lawsuits

Lawmakers unanimously approved a contract today to hire attorneys to represent a state agency in a pair of sexual harassment lawsuits.

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Government
4:22 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Debate How to Resolve Redistricting Confusion

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State lawmakers are trying to figure out who their constituents are in the wake of new district maps.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Special Election Set for Dec. 10 to Replace Arnold

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Gov. Steve Beshear has set a special election for Dec. 10 to replace former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis.

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.

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Government
6:36 am
Thu October 10, 2013

KY Panel May Broaden Sexual Harassment Probe

Former Rep. John Arnold
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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.

Members of the panel will vote on that proposal from Republican state Representative Robert Benvenuti next Wednesday.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Will Coursey Likely to File Countersuit in Sexual Harassment Case

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Western Kentucky State Representative Will Coursey’s lawyer says the legislator is likely to file a countersuit against claims he sexually harassed a former legislative assistant.

Paducah Attorney Mark Edwards says the Democratic lawmaker denies Nicole Cusic’s allegations that he sexually harassed interns and Legislative Research Commission employees in February 2012.

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Government
3:44 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Kentucky Legislature Appoints Marcia Seiler As Acting LRC Director

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Top Kentucky lawmakers have appointed an acting director for the Legislative Research Commission as controversy swirls about sexual harassment complaints within the organization.

The lawmakers will also review the agency which serves as a fact finding and service organization for the government. The actions come amid scrutiny of how the LRC handled sexual harassment complaints against a former lawmaker.

House and Senate leaders appointed Marcia  Seiler as acting LRC director. Seiler is director of the Office of Education Accountability. 

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