- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state lawmaker is calling for the results of a review on the operations of Kentucky legislative staff to be made public.

The National Conference of State Legislatures was brought in to do the review after sexual harassment allegations last year against former Rep. John Arnold prompted the resignations of Arnold and the director of the Legislative Research Commission.

The three female legislative staffers who brought the allegations against Arnold, a Democrat from Union County, said the LRC administration had not done enough to protect them from Arnold. Both Arnold and LRC director Robert Sherman resigned within weeks of the allegations.

The state legislature conference issued findings in April. But The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1CDOCfz) was told after an open records request that the full report could not be released because it is an unfinished draft.

Rep. Tom Riner, a Louisville Democrat who advised the women staffers who complained about Arnold, said the report should be released now.

“I believe the reason this work hasn’t been finished and released is a stalling tactic to get past the election,” Riner said. “And whether my suspicion is accurate or not, I find this troubling because it’s just not the duty of LRC to keep knowledge from the public.”

David Fleenor, general counsel for the office of Senate President Robert Stivers, said the only reason the report has not been released is that “it’s not a final document.” Fleenor said legislative leaders added requests for additional research. He said the final report will be released when it is finished.

Brian Weberg, director of the conference’s Legislative Management Program, said in an email that the work completed in April was a draft. He said clients are allowed to review the findings “and comment on the content of the report.”

Riner said he filed his own open-records request for the report.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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