Stumbo, Stivers make appointment to ethics panel

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A law professor at Northern Kentucky University has been chosen to fill a long-vacant seat on the Legislative Ethics Commission.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1m7GU2L) reports House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers announced on Monday that Henry Stephens would fill the seat that has been open for two years. Stephens teaches at NKU’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

The commission, which has nine members, was criticized recently for not having a majority of members present to hear allegations that a former lawmaker sexual harassed workers.

Stumbo, a Democrat from Prestonsburg, and Stivers, a Republican from Manchester, jointly made the appointment.

The appointment took a long time because it was “an ongoing process,” according to Stumbo. Stivers’ spokeswoman, Jodi Whitaker, said the lawmaker has “been vetting a number of individuals” who would be acceptable to both lawmakers.

“I’m happy that President Stivers and I could come together to make this appointment,” Stumbo said in a statement. “I think Professor Stephens is a good choice because of his long and distinguished career at Chase Law School.”

“Professor Stephens also has a background working in state government and has received mediation training at Harvard, two other pluses in his favor,” Stivers said. “I’m confident he will be an outstanding member in the years ahead.”

Stumbo and Stivers evenly split the other eight appointments to the panel.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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