A report written by an attorney for a special House committee says the panel couldn't prove that Gov. Matt Bevin stopped a road project in retaliation against a Democratic lawmaker who rejected the governor's request to become Republican.
The Courier-Journal obtained a copy of the report from former House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who lost his bid for re-election last fall.
The 27-page report written by Nashville attorney Eli Richardson says the committee couldn't fully look at the issue. That was mostly because the Bevin administration wouldn't let Transportation Cabinet officials testify about the road project in Jessamine County and because the committee wasn't able to get testimony from the lawmaker, Rep. Russ Meyer, the newspaper reported Thursday.
The report did find that Bevin pressured Democratic Rep. Kevin Sinnette of Ashland to change parties. Bevin has strongly denied the allegation.
Bevin spokeswoman Amanda Stamper did not respond to a phone message or email seeking comment on the report.
The report did question the state's payment of $625,000 in damages to the contractor for the delay.