State Representative Says Sexual Harassment Training Only Raises More Questions

Jan 8, 2014

Lawmakers in Frankfort underwent the standard ethics workshops Wednesday morning, but with one new addition: sexual harassment training.

Former State Rep. John Arnold, who resigned following charges of sexual harassment.
Former State Rep. John Arnold, who resigned following charges of sexual harassment.
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The new component comes as controversy continues to hover over the House since sexual harassment charges were leveled against now-retired Rep. John Arnold last August. A committee was formed to investigate the charges, but Republicans say the Democratic-led group accomplished little before disbanding.

Rep. Julie Adams, one of the two Republicans on the committee, say the sexual harassment training session brought to light how many issues remain unaddressed.

"One of the questions was asked: Do we even have a policy on sexual harassment? So that goes to, I think, a very fundamental point. Nobody even knows what the laws are, nobody knows what the policy is, nobody even knew that we had a policy," Adams told WUKY.

Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Arnold Simpson argued that Rep. Arnold’s resignation officially ended the committee’s work and the chamber has other important issues on its plate.

"There are a multitude of issues that beg our attention. We have children who are looking at schoolbooks that are five years old. We have a region of our state, Eastern Kentucky, that's suffering from loss of employment, from a lack of coal jobs," Simpson said in an impassioned speech on the House floor.

The committee investigating Arnold disbanded following a 3-2 party-line vote in December.