Representative John Arnold

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The state House on Friday passed a bill that would create a personnel policy for the troubled Legislative Research Commission, the state agency that provides staffers and research for legislators.

State Government Audit Under Review

Aug 11, 2014
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An audit of state government by the National Conference of State Legislatures is currently under “review” by Kentucky political leaders but the report hasn’t been made public.

A spokesman for the NCSL says on April 25 a preliminary draft of their report was delivered to Marcia Seiler, the acting director of the Legislative Research Commission, and to members of state House and Senate leadership.

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As the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission prepares to meet Wednesday to further discuss the allegations of sexual harassment against former state Rep. John Arnold, one member of the commission has announced his intention to resign.

Jenkins Advocates for Ethics Bill Next Session

Apr 18, 2014
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Kentucky Representative Joni Jenkins says if a special legislative session is called for later this year, ethics reform should be on the agenda.

During the session, Jenkins filed an amendment to an unrelated bill that would reconfigure the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, which has come under fire after it found former lawmaker John Arnold not guilty of sexual harassment charges, but the Senate didn’t take up that bill.

Arnold Ethics Trial May Continue

Apr 18, 2014
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The ethics trial against former lawmaker John Arnold may continue. Because the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission did not consider a motion to dismiss the case against the West Kentucky lawmaker in a hearing last week, the case may go forward.

Calling it a "cover up," Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky contrasted how he handled a sexual harassment scandal differently than likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes has in recent months.

Arnold Ethics Hearing Starts Tuesday

Apr 7, 2014
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The ethics trial involving a former West Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexually harassing female state employees will begin tomorrow.

Three of the women who brought formal ethics complaints against former Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, are expected to testify at Tuesday’s adjudicatory hearing that will determine whether or not Arnold violated state ethics laws. 

Thomas Clay is an attorney for the women, and he expects the proceedings to go by the numbers. 

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The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly began Tuesday, but discussion was dominated by fallout from a committee tasked with investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker.

Members of the panel took turns speaking on the House floor, with Republican members saying that the committee had failed by not fully investigating the claims against Rep. John Arnold.  The panel disbanded after Arnold resigned.

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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
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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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