House votes to eliminate committee investigating Hoover

01/10/2018 04:30 PM

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky House of Representatives spent most of day seven focused on whether lawmakers should investigate claims against former Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown.

Ultimately, the House unanimously voted to eliminate the eight person committee investigating whether charges against Representative Jeff Hoover are valid and warrant a further investigation.

Lawmakers expressed concerns with ‘policing themselves’ by having this special committee and spoke of establishing decorum back to the House. Hoover did not vote for the resolution.

The investigation will now be handled solely by the Legislative Ethics Commission.

House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne has asked the Legislative Ethics Commission to investigate the circumstances of a confidential sexual harassment settlement between four members of the House of Representatives, the chief of staff for House Republican leadership and a former staffer in December of 2017 after law firm Middleton Reutlinger was unable to interview everyone involved in the settlement.

Click here to see how the Legislative Ethics Commission is expected to investigate Hoover and others, despite sexual harassment not being listed in state legislative ethics laws.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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