Legislative Ethics Commission http://wfpl.org en John Arnold Appeals Ethics Ruling http://wfpl.org/post/john-arnold-appeals-ethics-ruling <p>Former State Rep. John Arnold has filed an appeal in an ethics case that declared him guilty of abusing his office to sexually harass three female state House employees.</p><p>In a filing entered Monday into Franklin Circuit Court, Arnold's attorney argued that the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission's ruling against him was made in error. Arnold's attorney alleged that the commission did not have jurisdiction over Arnold because Arnold had resigned in September 2013 and was no longer a member of the legislature.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9536 at http://wfpl.org John Arnold Appeals Ethics Ruling Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-case-against-former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-may-not-be-over-just-yet <p>The ethics trial against former Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold may continue.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:44:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9168 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet State Rep. John Arnold's Accusers File Complaint Against Employer Alleging Race Discrimination http://wfpl.org/post/state-rep-john-arnolds-accusers-file-complaint-against-employer-alleging-race-discrimination <p>Two women who filed formal ethics complaints against Kentucky state Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. have also filed complaints with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. The complaints allege both Arnold and the women’s employer, the Legislative Research Commission, discriminated against them on the basis of race and gender.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:43:21 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6613 at http://wfpl.org State Rep. John Arnold's Accusers File Complaint Against Employer Alleging Race Discrimination Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Lawmakers Expected in January http://wfpl.org/post/bill-requiring-sexual-harassment-training-kentucky-lawmakers-expected-january <p>State Rep. Joni Jenkins plans to introduce a formal bill during the next meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for state lawmakers.</p><p>But state Sen. Katie Stine is questioning whether such a bill would be a "placebo."</p><p>The House on Friday unanimously approved a resolution calling for mandatory sexual harassment training—but it doesn't carry the weight of law.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:11:55 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6589 at http://wfpl.org Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Lawmakers Expected in January Document | Third Ethics Complaint Filed Against State Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. http://wfpl.org/post/document-third-ethics-complaint-filed-against-state-rep-john-arnold-jr <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">A third Legislative Research Commission employee, Gloria Morgan, has filed an <a href="/post/third-woman-accuses-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-says-state-failed-act">ethics complaint against state Rep. John A. Arnold Jr.,</a> alleging that he touched her inappropriately. Morgan's complaint follows those filed Friday<a href="/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault"> by&nbsp;</a></span><a href="/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner.</span></a></p><p>Here's the<a href="/third-woman-accuses-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-says-state-failed-act"> story about Morgan's complaint.</a></p><p>You can read the full document below:</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:59:48 +0000 Staff 6573 at http://wfpl.org Document | Third Ethics Complaint Filed Against State Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. Kentucky Statehouse Staffers Accuse Rep. John Arnold of Sexual Harassment, Assault http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two longtime Kentucky statehouse employees have filed ethics complaints against Democratic state Rep. John A. Arnold </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., alleging a pattern of sexual assault and harassment dating back to early 2010.</span></p><p>Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner, in separate complaints, allege Arnold inappropriately touched them and made lewd and vulgar comments in numerous incidents over several years. Arnold &nbsp;is a veteran legislator from Sturgis.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:56:06 +0000 Jonathan Meador & R.G. Dunlop 6541 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Statehouse Staffers Accuse Rep. John Arnold of Sexual Harassment, Assault Barbara Shanklin Answers Some Questions in Ethics Hearing, But Again Walks Out http://wfpl.org/post/barbara-shanklin-answers-some-questions-ethics-hearing-again-walks-out <p>The ethics hearing for Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has closed with another dramatic exit by the embattled lawmaker.</p><p>Unlike yesterday, today Shanklin answered some questions from prosecutors. She told the ethics commission she was unaware her grandson was incarcerated at the time she signed his timesheet.</p><p>But when questions were directed toward her about discretionary spending practices, she—again—walked out at the request of her attorney Aubrey Williams.</p><p>Shanklin cites her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 19:50:38 +0000 Devin Katayama 2415 at http://wfpl.org Barbara Shanklin Answers Some Questions in Ethics Hearing, But Again Walks Out New Kentucky Lobbying Record Could Be Set http://wfpl.org/post/new-kentucky-lobbying-record-could-be-set <p>Kentucky businesses and other groups could set a new spending record for lobbying state lawmakers this year.</p><p>A report released by the Legislative Ethics Commission shows that $13.2 million has already been spent on lobbying during the first eight months of 2012. The biggest spenders include several tobacco companies, as well as Churchill Downs, Humana and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation.</p><p>During the 2012 General Assembly, lobbyists and their employers spent $8.8 million, which is more than in any legislative session in state history. And this year’s lobbying expenditures are projected to surpass the record of $16.9 million dollars set in 2008.</p><p>"And the total spent has really grown quite a bit from about $6.5 million in 1994 up to what appears to be in excess of $17 million for 2012," says Legislative Ethics Commission John Schaaf.</p><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:26:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1841 at http://wfpl.org