UPDATE: Stumbo said Democrat’s testimony ‘irrelevant’

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on the House committee to investigate Republican Gov. Matt Bevin (all times local):

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1:15 p.m.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he did not approve the subpoena of a Democratic lawmaker because he said the legislator’s testimony is “absolutely irrelevant” in an investigation of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Stumbo created a committee to investigate whether Bevin delayed a road project to punish Democratic state Rep. Russ Meyer for refusing to switch parties. Meyer did not respond to multiple requests to testify before the committee.

Committee chairman Jim Wayne said Stumbo denied his request to subpoena Meyer. Wayne then resigned in protest.

Stumbo said Wayne’s resignation was “unexpected.” He said the committee should have subpoenaed state transportation officials first to determine whether they did anything unusual in delaying the project. Stumbo said the committee still exists and he expects it to issue a report to him by the end of the year.

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12:59 p.m.

The chairman of a legislative committee investigating Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has resigned in protest because he said the outgoing Democratic Speaker of the House has refused to let him subpoena the governor’s chief accuser.

Speaker Greg Stumbo created the committee in October to investigate claims by Democratic state Rep. Russ Meyer that Bevin canceled a transportation project in his district as punishment for refusing to switch parties. But Meyer refused to testify under oath before the committee. Chairman Jim Wayne said Thursday that Stumbo denied his request to subpoena Meyer.

Wayne’s resignation could effectively end the House Investigatory Committee on Executive Action’s inquiry. Democratic state Rep. Arnold Simpson tried to dissolve the committee on Thursday, but couldn’t because there was not a quorum present.

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