Legislative Research Commission

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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Government
1:50 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Employees File Lawsuits on Sexual Harassment Claims

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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Government
2:03 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

KY Representative Will Coursey Cited in Sexual Harassment Allegation

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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.

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Government
4:28 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Kentucky House Speaker Turns Over Memos To Police Amidst Shredding Allegations

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has given the Kentucky State Police memos regarding documents shredded by the former head of the Legislative Research Commission.

Stumbo provided the documents to legislative security specialist Rick Devers along with a request for state police to take whatever action is deemed appropriate. House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover asked for an investigation after former LRC Director Bobby Sherman returned to his office with other staffers on Sunday, two days after he resigned, and shredded documents. 

One of the staffers, Deputy Director Robert Jenkins, said the documents that were destroyed were either duplicates or were of a personal nature, including junk mail, mortgage papers and salary comparisons for LRC.

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