John Arnold http://wfpl.org en Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Legislators Awaits Governor's Signature http://wfpl.org/post/bill-requiring-sexual-harassment-training-kentucky-legislators-awaits-governors-signature <p>A bill that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for Kentucky state lawmakers is poised to become law.</p><p>Currently, such training isn’t mandatory for lawmakers. But an amendment to an ethics bill would change that. The bill has passed both chambers and awaits the governor's signature.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9105 at http://wfpl.org Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Legislators Awaits Governor's Signature Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges http://wfpl.org/post/former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-cleared-ethics-charges <p>FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:44:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9094 at http://wfpl.org Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges Kentucky House's First Session Dominated by John Arnold Investigation Fallout http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-houses-first-session-dominated-john-arnold-investigation-fallout <p><em>Note: WFPL will broadcast live special coverage of Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address at 7 tonight via KET. Tune in to 89.3 or stream at <a href="http://wfpl.org">WFPL.org.</a></em></p><p>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.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:14:04 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8157 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House's First Session Dominated by John Arnold Investigation Fallout Kentucky House Committee Investigating John Arnold Case Ends Without Investigating Arnold http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-committee-investigating-john-arnold-case-ends-without-investigating-arnold <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT—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.</span></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:50:29 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7882 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House Committee Investigating John Arnold Case Ends Without Investigating Arnold First Hearing for Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against John Arnold Considers Who are Defendants http://wfpl.org/post/first-hearing-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-against-john-arnold-considers-who-are-defendants <p>FRANKFORT—The first hearing in the sexual harassment lawsuit against former state Rep. John Arnold and elements of Kentucky state government revolved Wednesday around<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;determining which parties should be accused.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hearing &nbsp;resulted in a delay in the trial until later this month.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:11:03 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7460 at http://wfpl.org First Hearing for Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against John Arnold Considers Who are Defendants Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause in John Arnold Sexual Harassment Claims http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-legislative-ethics-commission-finds-probable-cause-john-arnold-sexual-harassment <p>FRANKFORT &mdash; Kentucky&rsquo;s highest ethics panel has found merit in a trio of sexual harassment complaints filed against a former state lawmaker.</p><p>The state Legislative Ethics Commission unanimously found probable cause Tuesday in three formal complaints filed&nbsp;by <a href="/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault">female Statehouse employees against former Rep. John Arnold, </a>a Democrat from Sturgis in western Kentucky.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:57:26 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7224 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause in John Arnold Sexual Harassment Claims In Kentucky Legislature, Lax Rules Govern Workplace Relationships Despite Long History of Scandal http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-legislature-lax-rules-govern-workplace-relationships-despite-long-history-scandal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">During the </span>1990s<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">, the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s public image was shaped primarily by the sordid antics of Kent Downey, whose day job there often overlapped with his sideline business promoting golf trips with scantily clad hostesses offering sex for money.</span></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:20:36 +0000 R.G. Dunlop | Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 6967 at http://wfpl.org In Kentucky Legislature, Lax Rules Govern Workplace Relationships Despite Long History of Scandal Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman Resigns http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-legislative-research-commission-director-bobby-sherman-resigns <p>The director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission has resigned.</p><p>In a letter sent Friday afternoon to House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers, LRC director Bobby Sherman announced his resignation following the conclusion of an<a href="/post/kentucky-legislative-research-commission-finishes-inquiry-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-claims"> internal probe</a> into <a href="/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault">allegations that former state Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, sexually harassed Statehouse employees</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:21:54 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6924 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman Resigns Kentucky Investigative House Committee Meets on John Arnold Case Despite Limited Options http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-investigative-house-committee-meets-john-arnold-case-despite-limited-options <p>The<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;special state House committee &nbsp;investigating sexual harassment allegations against John Arnold may be limited in the sanctions it can levy, but the panel met for the first time Tuesday and considered its options. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:20:24 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6876 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Investigative House Committee Meets on John Arnold Case Despite Limited Options House Speaker Stumbo Appoints Investigative Panel to Examine Harassment Claims Against John Arnold http://wfpl.org/post/house-speaker-stumbo-appoints-investigative-panel-examine-harassment-claims-against-john-arnold <p>Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has appointed a panel of five legislators who will investigate allegations of sexual harassment against state Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis, which could result in the embattled lawmaker's removal from office.</p><p>The speaker said on Thursday that the <a href="/term/john-arnold-ethics-case">accusations against Arnold made by two longtime female staffers has become a distraction in the House,</a> and needs to be resolved.</p><p>The committee will be made up of three Democrats and two Republicans, including two women. It will submit a final report to the 100-member House during the legislative session in January.</p><p>The investigative committee:</p><ul><li>Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington</li><li>Rep. Rita Smart, D-Richmond</li><li>Rep. Jeff Donohue, D-Louisville</li><li>Rep. Julie Adams, R-Louisville</li><li>Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington</li></ul><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:17:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6675 at http://wfpl.org House Speaker Stumbo Appoints Investigative Panel to Examine Harassment Claims Against John Arnold