Greg Stumbo

11:20 am
Wed September 25, 2013

In Kentucky Legislature, Lax Rules Govern Workplace Relationships Despite Long History of Scandal

Kentucky State Capitol
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During the 1990s, 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.

Downey, who was director of House operations prior to being fired in 1996, sometimes drank and caroused at work. He put strippers on the state payroll and adorned his office with pictures of scantily clad women and a small plant with condoms hanging from the branches.

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4:21 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman Resigns

Legislative Research Commission

The director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission has resigned.

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 internal probe into allegations that former state Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, sexually harassed Statehouse employees

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4:20 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kentucky Investigative House Committee Meets on John Arnold Case Despite Limited Options

Greg Stumbo
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The special state House committee  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.  

"We still have a responsibility as a committee to make sure we take in all the information and make sure we move forward and do the correct thing" despite Arnold's resignation, said Rep. Jeff Donohue, D-Louisville, selected as committee chairman by a 3-2 vote split along party lines.

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2:41 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Kentucky House Committee Investigating Claims Against John Arnold to Meet on Tuesday

John Arnold
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A special state House committee tasked with investigating claims of sexual harassment against outgoing Democratic Rep. John Arnold will meet for the first time Tuesday morning in Frankfort.

The five-member investigating committee formed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, has been given the job of examining claims made by employees of the Legislative Research Commission whom alleged that Arnold sexually harassed and assaulted them over a period of several years.

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7:01 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Kentucky General Assembly Returns to Frankfort for Redistricting

The opening day of a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly set the stage for the legislature’s latest attempt at drawing new legislative district maps amid uncertainty over the timeliness of that process as a result of recent federal court action.

After honoring Miss Kentucky 2013, Jenna Day, and recognizing Democratic Rep. James Kay, D-56, state representatives quickly got down to business by introducing a pair of redistricting bills that will determine new boundaries for members of the state House of Representatives.

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3:40 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kentucky House Leaders Reveal Redistricting Proposal as Special Session Approaches

House Speaker Greg Stumbo (forefront) reveals the proposal.
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House Speaker Greg Stumbo revealed on Friday a redistricting map for his chamber that would create four open seats and place four pairs of Democratic and Republican representatives in the same districts.

“I believe that the plan meets the constitutional mandates,” said Stumbo , a Democrat from Prestonsburg. “Gov. Beshear, I don’t want to speak for him, but he indicated as late as this morning to me that once we’ve passed those plans on Friday, that he intends to sign the bill into law as soon as it gets to his desk.”

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9:10 am
Tue January 1, 2013

WKU President Gary Ransdell: UPike Addition to Kentucky System Would Be Costly

Gary Ransdell
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The president of Kentucky's third largest university said adding Pikeville University to the state system would be financially cumbersome for the state, although House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he won't personally support new funding for higher education until UPike is admitted.

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1:46 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

KentuckyTo Pay $19K In Redistricting Legal Fees

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo
Kentucky Legislative Commission

The Kentucky General Assembly will use $19,000 of public money to pay for legal fees stemming from state redistricting.

Louisville attorney Sheryl Snyder represented the state Legislative Research Commission earlier this year when some lawmakers challenged the constitutionality of Kentucky’s redistricting plan. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the $19,000 bill for those services was sent by e-mail Wednesday night.

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