Committee Investigating Harrassment Claims Against Arnold Seeks Legal Analysis

Nov 30, 2013

Former Union County Rep. John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

A Kentucky House committee tasked with probing sexual harassment claims against a former  lawmaker has not yet begin investigating, but they plan to.

The five-member panel was formed to study claims against former Union County Rep. John Arnold. They met Thursday morning, and went into a 30-minute closed door session.

Committee chair Rep. Jeff Donohue, a Democrat from Louisville, says the panel’s next step is to obtain a legal analysis from its attorney outlining how it should go forward.

“We need a legal analysis and recommendation in how we can proceed forward regarding this case, and that’s what our attorney’s here for. We had a very frank discussion, and with that being said, we then asked our attorney to do that, and we will have that meeting and discuss that issue.”

Donohue did not know how much the panel’s activities have cost taxpayers since it was formed in August.

Time is running out for the committee to produce its findings and recommendations in time for the next session of the General Assembly, which begins Jan. 7.