Panel blocks proposal to set up search committee to find new LRC director

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    FRANKFORT, Kentucky — The search for a new director of the Legislative Research Commission remains in limbo after a proposal to set up a search committee was defeated by a panel of top Kentucky lawmakers.

    The fact-finding and service agency has been without a permanent director since 2013, when then-director Bobby Sherman resigned. Marcia Seiler has been serving as temporary director.

    House Speaker Greg Stumbo's proposal to create a search committee was defeated on a party-line vote Wednesday. Eight Democrats supported the motion, while eight Republicans opposed it.

    Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said lawmakers first need to receive a completed performance audit on the operations of Kentucky legislative staff.

    Stivers said a search for an LRC director would be premature without the complete report.

    A draft report showed low morale and poor management practices.

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