Score One For House Speaker Stumbo

Frankfort, KY – A recent article in the Lexington Herald-Leader questioned whether some of Rep. Greg Stumbo's business relationships posed conflict of interest problems, since he's now Speaker of the House. Stumbo said they didn't and immediately sought an opinion from the Legislative Ethics Commission.

After reviewing Stumbo's connections to a community bank, an energy company, an investment corporation and his son's law firm, the commission staff says it sees no conflict. Commission director Anthony Wilhoite says the state constitution contemplates that Kentucky's part-time lawmakers will have employment and positions in the private sector.

Stumbo released a statement saying the opinion "should remove any innuendo implied by the newspaper article."