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Kentucky Lawmaker Calls for Review of Legislature's Workplace Policies

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State Rep. Sannie Overly is calling for an independent review of the legislature's policies regarding workplace behavior in the wake of sexual harassment complaintsagainst a western Kentucky lawmaker.

 

Overly, chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Wednesday she intends to file a bill next year to mandate the review and create a new personnel system that would ensure a harassment-free workplace.

 

The move is in response to sexual harassment complaints filed by two legislative staffers against Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis.

 

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

 

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.