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Wed April 9, 2014

Ethics Bill Containing Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training For Lawmakers Clears Legislature

An amendment to the ethics bill made by Rep. Brent Yonts of Greenville (right) would require sexual harassment training for lawmakers
An amendment to the ethics bill made by Rep. Brent Yonts of Greenville (right) would require sexual harassment training for lawmakers
Credit Kentucky LRC

Legislation that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for state lawmakers is on its way to the governor’s desk.

When formal ethics charges were filed against former Rep. John Arnold accusing him of sexually harassing three women working in the state legislature, lawmakers were up in arms about addressing the issue of workplace harassment in the Capitol.

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission found Arnold not guilty of the harassment charges this week, prompting critics to question if anything could be done.

But an amended bill filed by Greenville Rep. Brent Yonts would address those issues by making sexual harassment training mandatory for state lawmakers. Currently, lawmakers do not have to take such training.

The bill currently awaits Gov. Steve Beshear’s signature.