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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.


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.

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


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

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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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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.


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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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. 

Two Kentucky lawmakers have been named in a pair of sexual harassment lawsuits filed Tuesday on behalf of Legislative Research Commission employees.

The lawsuits also name the Legislative Research Commission as a defendant. The lawsuit filed against former state Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. also names House Speaker Greg Stumbo, claiming he didn't prioritize an investigation into sexual harassment claims.

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A second lawmaker from western Kentucky is being accused of sexual harassment.  Louisville attorney Thomas Clay is representing Nicole Cusic, who claims she was retaliated against when she complained about the behavior of State Representative Will Coursey.