Ethics Panel Considers Sexual Harassment Expert

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Legislative Ethics Commission will consider bringing in an expert on sexual harassment to train Kentucky lawmakers on behavior that crosses the line to impropriety.

Members of the panel on Monday briefly discussed a request from House lawmakers to include sexual harassment as part of annual ethics training provided to lawmakers. The panel took no formal action, saying they have plenty of time to do so before the next training session slated for January.

The House passed a resolution last month requesting the ethics commission to provide the training after two legislative staffers accused Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of sexual harassment.

A special legislative committee has been appointed to investigate those complaints. That committee could ultimately recommend Arnold's censure or expulsion from the Legislature.

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