Kentucky Lawmakers File to Strengthen Ethics Code

Published 04/14 2014 10:16PM

Updated 04/14 2014 10:17PM

Members of the Kentucky House file a bill to strengthen the Legislative Ethics Code. The measure clarifies that members do have jurisdiction over the actions of lawmakers accused of workplace harassment.

The move follows last week's decision regarding former Representative John Arnold. He was found guilty of abusing his public office by a 4-1 vote but will not be punished. He has since resigned.

Three commissioners were absent and one seat was vacant. The "no" vote came from one member who felt the commission didn't have the authority to punish a former lawmaker.

Supporters of the legislation say it would address those kinds of issues to be more clear to the ethics commission.

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