State Rep. Reggie Meeks http://wfpl.org en State Lawmakers Point Out Speaker Stumbo's 'Evolving' Position on John Arnold Scandal http://wfpl.org/post/state-lawmakers-point-out-speaker-stumbos-evolving-position-john-arnold-scandal <p>Kentucky lawmakers from both parties are questioning the timing of Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo's decision to begin a process that may lead to the possible censure or removal Rep. John Arnold over sexual harassment allegations.</p><p>And Republicans argue Stumbo's decision contradicts earlier statements from the speaker's office that lawmakers shouldn't interfere with an ongoing investigation.</p><p>Earlier this week, Stumbo said he disagreed with a call by Republican Senate President Robert Stivers for General Assembly leaders to discuss the Legislative Research Commission's ongoing probe in a closed-door session.</p><p>When Stivers called for a Sept. 4 meeting between Senate and House leaders, he said it was to learn more about the status of an LRC probe being led by attorney Cheryl Lewis, who was hired by Stumbo's office.</p><p>But the speaker <a href="/post/senate-president-pushes-kentucky-legislative-leaders-meet-john-arnold-investigation">balked at that request </a>Wednesday evening.</p><p>And on Thursday afternoon,&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/speaker-stumbo-calls-investigation-rep-john-arnold-could-lead-censure-or-expulsion">Stumbo announced the petition and an appointment of a special committee to look into the allegations</a>, which could potentially remove Arnold from office.</p><p>"This position is inconsistent but that has been his course of conduct over the last 10 days," says Stivers. "While I applaud the speaker for seeking proportional punishment for the alleged acts, that does not resolve the problem of the legislature’s exposure to threatened litigation and money judgments. It also does not resolve the most significant problem which is how to address the culture that has been exposed by the actions of Rep. Arnold."</p><p><em><a href="/term/john-arnold-ethics-case">(Past coverage of the Arnold ethics case from WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.)</a></em></p><p>Part of this week's dueling statements between Stivers and Stumbo is a bit of political gamesmanship and difference in opinion on how to handle the scandal, which surprised lawmakers in the midst of the special legislative session.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:43:21 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6656 at http://wfpl.org State Lawmakers Point Out Speaker Stumbo's 'Evolving' Position on John Arnold Scandal State Representative Included in U of L Layoffs http://wfpl.org/post/state-representative-included-u-l-layoffs <p>Kentucky State Rep. Reggie Meeks, D-Louisville, has been laid off from his job as director of outreach at the University of Louisville due to budget cuts.</p><p>Meeks revealed his job status during an <a href="http://mycn2.com/politics/rep-meeks-is-among-those-laid-off-at-of-uofl-laments-loss-of-quality-and-rising-tuition">interview</a> with Ryan Alessi of CN/2, in which he criticized rising tuition at the state&#39;s public universities.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-wbOCexELmE" width="480"></iframe></p><p>WFPL previously <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/most-state-universities-avoiding-major-layoffs">reported that U of L expected up to 20 employee layoffs</a> in various departments, which was subject to decisions made by deans or department leaders.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:55:21 +0000 Kenny Colston 804 at http://wfpl.org