FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2013) — House Speaker Greg Stumbo has formally requested that Wednesday’s Legislative Research Commission meeting be open to the public.
The meeting reportedly will be to discuss the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made against state Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis. Three female legislative staffers have filed complaints against Arnold with the LRC, accusing him of unwelcoming touching and offensive comments.
In a letter to Senate President Robert Stivers, Stumbo wrote: “As you know, I have already publicly released documents showing our efforts to ensure prompt and professional investigation of all harassment claims. I believe the public has a fundamental right to know these facts, and have convened a House Select Committee to ensure this will occur.”
Stivers had previously called for the meeting to be private.
Stumbo said LRC members should be prepared to be called as witnesses in any future litigation if they decide to meet in closed session. Stumbo also suggested the proceeding be recorded, to ensure an accurate record of what was said in any closed session.
The LRC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Room 125 of the Capitol Annex.