Lawmakers seek to remove Kentucky GOP speaker

Jeff Hoover

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on sexual harassment allegations in the Kentucky House of Representatives (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Eight Republican lawmakers in Kentucky have asked for GOP House Speaker Jeff Hoover to be removed from office after he settled a sexual harassment complaint with a woman in his office.

The lawmakers filed the disciplinary charges Wednesday. They accuse Hoover of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment and using his position as a legislator to cover it up. Under new House rules adopted Tuesday, a bipartisan committee of three Republicans and three Democrats will investigate. Republican Rep. Jerry Miller will vote in the event of a tie.

Hoover did not respond to a request for comment. He has denied sexual harassment, but said he sent inappropriate but consensual text messages to a woman who once worked for the House Republican Caucus.

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3:45 p.m.

Several Kentucky lawmakers have filed disciplinary charges against Republican House Speaker Jeff Hoover.

House Clerk Melissa Bybee-Fields confirmed a form was filed with her office Wednesday. She declined to release it, saying it was not a public document.

Republican Rep. Phil Moffett said he and several other members filed the charges. He declined to specify what the charges were, nor would he identify the other complainants. Under the new House rules, a bipartisan committee of six lawmakers will investigate. Republican Rep. Jerry Miller of Louisville will vote in the event of a tie.

Meanwhile, the Legislative Ethics Commission is looking into a sexual harassment settlement signed by Hoover and three other Republican lawmakers last year.

Hoover announced his resignation as speaker in November. But Tuesday, Hoover said he would temporarily step aside while the investigation is ongoing.

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