State Representative Jeff Hoover

A little more than five months after a secret sexual harassment settlement agreement wreaked havoc on the Republican Party of Kentucky, former House Speaker Jeff Hoover reached another settlement Tuesday, this time with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.

Hoover, R-Jamestown, agreed to admit that he violated legislative ethics laws, pay a $1,000 fine and subject himself to a public reprimand, saving his seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives while keeping secret the details of his alleged harassment of a former House Republican staffer and the settlement agreement he and three other GOP lawmakers made with her.

“It’s more than a slap on the wrist,” said Mike Malone, the prosecutor for the ethics commission.

Reposted with permission from the Herald-Leader. Story reported by Daniel Desrochers.

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