A judge could rule by the end of the month on motions to dismiss two of the defendants in a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate said Monday he may decide next week whether to drop the state and House Speaker Greg Stumbo as defendants in the case.
That would leave the Legislative Research Commission and former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis as defendants.
The case involves two legislative staffers who filed sexual harassment complaints against Arnold and later filed the lawsuit.
Arnold denied the allegations but resigned shortly after they were made.
A House investigative committee is looking into the allegations. If confirmed, that panel could recommend that Arnold be reprimanded or fined.