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Gov. Beshear calling on ethics commission to reopen Arnold case

by WHAS11.com


Posted on April 15, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 5:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Governor Steve Beshear is one more name added to the growing list of elected leaders calling for the Legislative Ethics Commission to reconsider its decision not to reprimand former State Representative John Arnold.

His concern comes days after Senator Mitch McConnell expressed his concern during a press conference on April 12.

Governor Beshear says the full panel should be in attendance and have another hearing on the controversial case.

With 5 of its 8 members in attendance, the Legislative Ethics Commission voted one week ago not to reprimand Arnold on charges related to sexual harassment claims against him.

The house voted yesterday to beef up ethics laws and clarify that the Ethics Commission has jurisdiction over sexual harassment and any action committed by a lawmaker in office.

McConnell stated during his Saturday press conference the House needed to get its act together and called it a cover up. He urged them to reopen the case against Arnold.