Justices rule in favor of newspaper seeking records

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a newspaper seeking documents related to a sexual harassment complaint against a Republican lawmaker.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports justices ruled Thursday that the Franklin Circuit Court could hear an appeal by the newspaper for records from a sexual harassment complaint filed in 2015 against state Rep. Jim Stewart III.

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The Legislative Research Commission denied the records to the paper and has argued that it has sole authority over Open Records Act decisions in the legislative branch of government.

The high court disagreed, saying the legislature clearly wrote the law so that it handles an initial appeal, but after that the courts are the proper place to seek a resolution.