John Arnold en Women Accusing Arnold of Sexual Harrassment Ask Commission to Reconsider Ethics Ruling <p><strong><em>Update 12:49 p.m.</em></strong><br />(From Associated Press report) One dissenting vote last week spared former State Rep. John Arnold from any disciplinary action stemming from multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. Now, lawmakers have taken action to try to prevent that from happening again. &nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;The House voted Monday to change the rules for the ethics committee to require commission members to attend at least half of the meetings every year. The rules changes also gave the committee jurisdiction over former lawmakers.&nbsp; The one commission member who voted not to punish Arnold last week says he did so because he felt the commission didn’t have the power to punish lawmakers who’d already resigned.&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Original Post</strong></em></p><p>Two women who made formal sexual harassment complaints against former state Rep. John Arnold have filed a motion with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission asking it to reconsider its ruling that cleared Arnold of ethics charges.<br /> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:32:03 +0000 Jonathan Meador 46565 at Women Accusing Arnold of Sexual Harrassment Ask Commission to Reconsider Ethics Ruling Ethics Trial of Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Set for Tuesday <p></p><p>The ethics trial involving a former Union County lawmaker accused of sexually harassing female state employees will begin Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Three of the women who brought formal ethics complaints against former Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, are expected to testify at Tuesday’s adjudicatory hearing that will determine whether or not Arnold violated state ethics laws.&nbsp;</p><p>Thomas Clay is an attorney for the women, and he expects the proceedings to go by the numbers.&nbsp;</p><p>“Well I think it’s going to be a typical administrative hearing," the attorney said. "I think they’ll call witnesses. They’ll be subject to direct examination and cross examination, and then the commission will deliberate and make a decision, and hopefully the process will play out.”&nbsp;</p><p>Calls to Arnold’s Bowling Green attorney, Steve Downey, were not returned. Downey has informed Kentucky Public Radio in the past that Arnold will likely not appear at any hearing due to what he says are Arnold’s declining mental and physical health.&nbsp;</p><p>Arnold has denied the charges. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:23:21 +0000 Jonathan Meador 46228 at Ethics Trial of Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Set for Tuesday Special Election in Daviess, Henderson, Union Counties Causing Confusion <p>An upcoming special election for state representative in the Daviess County region is causing confusion partly due to recent legislative redistricting.</p><p>Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce President Amy Jackson told the Messenger-Inquirer &nbsp;that many people aren't sure whether they can vote in the Dec. 10 election. The chamber is heading up a drive encouraging people to cast ballots.</p><p>The Daviess County Clerk's office recently drew new borders in 17 of the 20 local districts and sent out cards to affected voters, but Jackson says there's still confusion about who can vote.</p><p>Voters will chose between Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro and Democrat Kim Humphrey of Morganfield. They are running to fill the 7<sup>th</sup> district House seat, formerly held by Democrat John Arnold of Sturgis, who stepped down after being accused of sexual harassment.</p><p>The seat covers Union and parts of Daviess and Henderson counties. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:27:44 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 40412 at Judge Delays Trial Concerning Sexual Harrassment Charges Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker <p>The first hearing in the sexual harassment lawsuit against former state Rep. John Arnold and elements of Kentucky state government revolved Wednesday around&nbsp;determining which parties should be accused.&nbsp;</p><p>The hearing resulted in a delay in the trial until later this month</p><p>Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate heard a motion to dismiss filed in October by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, who argued that the state is "legally indistinguishable" from the Legislative Research Commission, which is also a defendant in the suit brought by female LRC employees who allege Arnold sexually harassed and assaulted them.&nbsp;</p><p>In their lawsuit, filed Oct. 1, Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper&nbsp;named the state and the LRC as defendants. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:51:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39510 at Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause that Arnold Sexually Harrassed Female Staffers <p>The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission has found probable cause that former Union County Representative John Arnold violated ethics rules three times when he allegedly harassed three female staff members.</p><p>Commission members met behind closed doors for nearly two hours Tuesday before returning to an open session and voting unanimously on sexual harassment complaints made against Arnold by legislative staffers Yolanda Costner, Cassaundra Cooper, and Gloria Morgan.<a href="" target="_blank"> The Courier-Journal reports</a> the commission has scheduled a full hearing on the complaints for December 12.</p><p>Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, served in the state House from 1995 until last month, when he resigned after the sexual harassment allegations against him were made public. Arnold has denied the charges, but said he couldn&rsquo;t move forward politically due to the damage done to his reputation.</p><p>The Legislative Ethics Commission said there was probable cause to believe Arnold had &ldquo;inappropriate and unwanted physical contact&rdquo; with the women.</p><p>Arnold&rsquo;s attorney, Steve Downey of Bowling Green, didn&rsquo;t comment after the commission returned its findings. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:35:41 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 38489 at