FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The General Assembly's Program Review and Investigative Committee will launch an investigation into contracts Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has awarded to outside lawyers.
Committee members voted 9-1 for the investigation.
“I know there was a recent case that stated these contracts were not subject to review,” said the committee's co-chairman, Danny Carroll, R-Paducah. “The Senate majority would like to just make sure that there are protections in place on these contracts and do an overall study of the procedures behind the decision-making with the outside contracts within the AG’s office.”
the probe will look into contracting procedures in Beshear's office to "make sure there is no undue influence."
Beshear, who announced his intentions to run for governor two weeks ago, claimed the probe is politically motivated. Carroll denied that charge, saying the committee is simply doing its job.
“Our website allows all Kentuckians to view our office contracts and gives instructions on how to submit open records requests for such records,” Beshear said.
It was unclear when the investigation would get underway.