The future of a disbanded Kentucky House committee formed to look into harassment claims against a former lawmaker may be decided this year. Kentucky Public Radio’s Jonathan Meador reports House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the committee charged with investigating John Arnold could be resurrected.
Although the committee had nothing to show after meeting five times and spending thousands of taxpayer dollars, Stumbo says there’s still a chance for it to continue its mission. He says that if he were in charge, the outcome would have been different.
“I took the position, because I think it’s legally correct, that I couldn’t interfere with the committee’s investigation. It was an independent investigation, and I had filed the petition. It was up to the committee. I can tell you that, as a former prosecutor, if I had been in charge of that committee, I think it would’ve probably gone in a different direction,” said Stumbo.
The committee met five times last year without investigating the issue. Arnold has denied the claims. Stumbo says it will be up to House members to decide if they want to form a new investigative committee, or to regroup the old one.