Legislative ethics law needs strengthening, panel says


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) — Kentucky lawmakers need to strengthen their ethics law to impose tougher penalties for sexual harassment, a watchdog agency recommended Tuesday.

The Legislative Ethics Commission called for updates that specifically address workplace harassment by lawmakers and lobbyists against legislative staff members.

Executive Director John Schaaf said such an upgrade would eliminate questions of whether the Ethics Commission has jurisdiction to investigate and punish lawmakers for alleged sexual harassment.

Lawmakers could get their first full look at the proposal in a legislative committee meeting next week.

The Ethics Commission also wants to require lawmakers to list all their expenses for out-of-state legislative trips in financial disclosure statements while also incorporating language that allows the panel to investigate allegations of misconduct against former lawmakers while they were in office.

Those proposals will also be submitted to lawmakers.

The 2019 legislative session begins in January.



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