Special House committee investigating Hoover disbanded


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) — A special committee appointed to investigate former House Speaker Jeff Hoover is no more.

House colleagues voted 90-0 on Wednesday to repeal a rule that authorized the formation of the 7-member panel to look into a claim that Hoover sexually harassed a former staffer, triggering a scandal that led to his resignation from his leadership post.

The bipartisan committee of four Republicans and three Democrats had been tasked with investigating a sexual harassment settlement that had been privately agreed to be Hoover and three other Republican lawmakers.

House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, who has been presiding in Hoover's absence, said a probe remains underway by the Legislative Ethics Commission.

Osborne urged House lawmakers to repeal the rule, which they did on a vote of 90-0.

"It's loud and clear that it did not work," he said.

Osborne said he consulted with Republicans and Democrats, as well as House members supporting Hoover's expulsion and those opposing his ouster.

Republican lawmakers had filed formal disciplinary charges against Hoover last week, seeking his expulsion from the House.

Hoover has acknowledged he exchanged inappropriate text messages with the staffer.

House Democratic Floor Leader Rocky Adkins supported dropping the newly instituted rule allowing formation of the special committee, saying the nonpartisan Legislative Ethics Commission is the appropriate venue to "bring forward the truth."


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