Representatives to Create Confidential Legislative Tip Line to report wrongdoing

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- In Frankfort, a new Tip Line to report wrongdoings within the legislature could be in the works.

Reps. Ken Fleming, R-Louisville, and Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, filed a bill to create the Legislative Tip Line to confidentially report wrongdoing within the legislature including harassment, discrimination, ethical or official misconduct, theft, and fraud.

The tip line, created by B.R. 346, would be directly administrated by the Legislative Ethics Commission, which would have authority to investigate complaints against members of the General Assembly, employees of the legislature, legislative agents, and any other person interacting with members of the General Assembly or employees of the legislature.

B.R. 346 would require the Legislative Ethics Commission to ensure the tip line telephone number is available to employees, and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Within two hours of receiving a compliant, the executive director of the commission will review the complaint, and will have 24 hours to notify the alleged perpetrator of the complaint and the allegations.

Currently, complaints made by employees of the Legislative Research Commission are reported to the same body that investigates and reports to legislative leadership officers. As a result, there is no involvement by an independent, third-party with the ability to level disciplinary actions against any party.

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