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Years after a sexual harassment scandal shook the Legislative Research Commission, the state agency’s new director has released a report saying that morale is up among employees.

The Department of Education will change its approach to campus sexual misconduct and begin a public notice and comment process to issue new regulations, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced today. In a speech at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, DeVos decried "a system run amok," "kangaroo courts" and repeatedly emphasized the plight of the accused. "One rape is one too many ... one person denied due process is one too many," she said. Outside, protesters yelled, "Stop protecting rapists!"

A bit of background.

LRC Public Information

As part of the second week of the 2016 General Assembly, members of the Kentucky House have undergone anti-harassment training.  The annual exercise stirs memories of previous sexual harassment allegations.

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  The two major party candidates for lieutenant governor on Monday addressed the two-year controversy over sexual harassment in the Kentucky Statehouse.

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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 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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The counsel for Kentucky State Representative Will Coursey (D-Symsonia) is asking a judge to seal embarrassing videos of a deposition he gave in his counter-suit against a Capitol staffer who has accused him of sexual harassment. 

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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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After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.

It was the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.

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