Preliminary report on sexual harassment allegations halted

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT)- Details about state lawmakers and alleged sexual harassment scandals will have to wait after house democrats are demanding another investigative body should look into the scandal.

House Democrats are asking for the investigation to be handed over to the legislative ethics commission to look into the details surrounding former Speaker of the house, Jeff Hoover, and allegations that he and other lawmakers secretly settled sexual harassment claims.

Republicans say they aren't against that option, but want to wait for a preliminary investigation to be conducted by the Louisville based law firm, Middleton Reutlinger.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Speaker David Osborne said procedural hurdles and a lack of cooperation by at least two people kept the details from emerging on Wednesday like what was originally planned. Osborne went on to say the new hard deadline for the preliminary report would be on December 1.

House leaders released a statement saying they are trying to protect taxpayers as much as possible and are all remaining committed to the full review conducted by the law firm.

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