Greg Stumbo talks about John Arnold decision

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Posted on December 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 11:40 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- After democrats on a special Kentucky House Committee voted to disband without investigating sexual harassment claims against former representative John Arnold, the top democrat says he disagrees with the decision.

"As far as I know, there's nothing to hide," State Rep. Greg Stumbo said.

Facing criticism for how house leaders handled the accusations against Arnold, Speaker Greg Stumbo says he wants the public to know the same day he learned about an alleged incident, he went directly to the head of the Legislative Research Commission to make sure state employees were protected.

"I do think the committee probably should have gone forward, taken some testimony and let people understand that this is what happened, this is what occurred," Stumbo said.

Two LRC employees have sued Arnold and complain that house leaders failed to take action after the lawmaker groped them.

Stumbo said Arnold's alleged conduct was reprehensible and Arnold has already received the ultimate punishment because he has resigned.

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