FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A former western Kentucky lawmaker won't face sanctions from the House for allegations that he sexually harassed legislative staffers.
A special investigative House committee voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to adjourn without taking any action against former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis, concluding that it has no legal authority because he has already resigned.
Arnold gave up his seat in the House in September, shortly after the sexual harassment allegations were made public. Legislative staffers Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper say Arnold had touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments. A third woman also has filed a complaint.
Chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky, Steve Robertson, released the following statement today in response to House Democrats' opposition to continuing the investigation of sexual harassment and misconduct in the Kentucky House of Representatives:
“It is apparent House Democrats have no interest in changing the culture at the Legislative Research Commission and within its own chamber. Yesterday, House Democrat leaders unanimously opposed an independent, bipartisan audit of the LRC by a nationally recognized organization – a move that even Senate Democrats endorsed. And today, House Democrats appointed to a special committee, which was charged with investigating sexual harassment and misconduct, unilaterally shut down the investigation without issuing a report,” said Steve Robertson, Chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky. “Recent actions of House Democrats and their leaders are nothing short of appalling. Kentuckians deserve transparency in government, but House Democrats are more interested in fog and obfuscation.”