Ethics Commission drops complaints against three GOP lawmakers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- An ethics commission has dropped the sexual harassment complaints against three Republican lawmakers connected to last years sexual harassment scandal involving former House Speaker Jeff Hoover.

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission dropped complaints filed against Representatives Jim DeCesare, of Bowling Green, Brian Linder, of Dry Ridge and Michael Meredith, of Oakland, but says it will go ahead with the complaint filed against former House Speaker Jeff Hoover.

This all began last fall when it was discovered Hoover and his three Republican colleagues had signed a confidential agreement with a legislative staffer who claimed the four lawmakers had sexually harassed her by sending inappropriate text messages and making vulgar comments.

During the commission hearing, lawyers for the accused lawmakers tried multiple times to get the complaint dropped, arguing the complaint filed by Democratic Representative Jim Wayne, of Louisville, did not have sufficient facts to back up the allegations.

The commission accepted those requests for the three lawmakers accused of lesser complaints, but when it came to Hoover, the commission decided there was sufficient evidence and would move forward with the complaint against him.

The commission is scheduled to meet again next Tuesday for Hoover’s hearing.

If found to have broken the ethics code, Hoover could face anything from a civil fine to a recommendation of expulsion from office.

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