The list of reasons to be frustrated and angry about the strange story of the report on the Legislative Research Commission just keeps growing.
Ordered in October, 2013 and delivered in April, 2014, the report remains a draft that only a few key legislators have seen. The request by a legislator to release it have been turned down, as have those by media outlets.
Herald-Leader staff writer John Cheves recently reported that it hasn't even been paid for. The organization contracted to perform an extensive review of the agency's operations is preparing another bill.
Meanwhile Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo and Republican President of the Senate Robert Stivers essentially blame each other for keeping the report under wraps.
This is all pretty bad.
Worse, though, is that there's been no real reform of the LRC in the almost year and a half since former executive director Bobby Sherman resigned in the wake of allegations that sexual misconduct and favoritism created a hostile work environment for LRC employees. Accounts from Frankfort describe an agency on hold with dispirited staff counting the days to retirement.
The commission that oversees the LRC is made up of powerful legislative leaders from both houses and parties who chose to remain passive on this issue.
With an annual budget of about $35 million, the LRC conducts research and provides administrative support for the General Assembly. It is the professional staff that informs the work of our part-time legislature. If the LRC isn't working right then neither is the General Assembly.
We can only speculate about what's in the report, the politics of why Stumbo and Stivers are playing this game to keep it out of public view and dragging their feet on reforms at the LRC.
Whatever their reasons, they're not good enough.