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Ethics Commission member resigning over Arnold case

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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - A member of Kentucky's Legislative Ethics Commission will resign after the panel's controversial handling of former state Rep. John Arnold's sexual harassment case.

Vernie McGaha said he would stay on until the conclusion of the Arnold case at the request of Senate President Robert Stivers. The panel may decide whether to reconsider the case this week.

McGaha said he was "extremely disillusioned" after the commission voted 4-1 last month to find Arnold guilty of violating the legislature's ethics code. Five votes were needed to punish Arnold, and three members weren't present at the hearing.

"It would be somewhat of a waste of time for somebody to bring a complaint," McGaha said, adding that poor attendance means that the commission would need to be in complete agreement to punish a lawmaker.

McGaha said attendance "has not been good" since he started on the panel a year ago.

The Ethics Commission has a meeting scheduled for Wednesday. Members could vote to reconsider the Arnold case, and McGaha said he would be willing to re-hear the matter.

Three legislative staffers accuse Arnold of inappropriate behavior toward them at the Capitol.

An attorney for Arnold hasn't disputed the former lawmaker's actions, but has said Arnold is mentally ill.

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