AP: LaVota May Be Named in Sexual Harassment Complaint
July 17, 2015

(AP) – A person familiar with the investigation says the Missouri Senate is looking into a sexual harassment complaint against Sen. Paul LeVota after two college students abruptly left their internships at his office.
The person told The Associated Press on Friday that the Senate’s investigation focused on an intern’s sexual harassment complaint. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.
LeVota has previously said only that the Senate was investigating after the interns’ departures. On Friday, LeVota sidestepped questions about the investigation’s focus.
The Senate hasn’t detailed its investigation but hired an attorney in response to a “workplace harassment complaint.”
Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said Thursday, after a closed-door meeting, he plans to release the investigation’s findings next week.

LaVota Statement
May 21, 2015

Here is the statement from KC St. senator Paul LeVota:

Recently, the Missouri Capitol was buzzing about the Speaker of the House and his relationship with an intern. There have been unconfirmed rumors about the interns in the Missouri Senate program and other interns in the Missouri House. I understand the need for universities to look into rumors, even unsubstantiated rumors. I would be open to any university taking a further look at the experience of any of my legislative interns. I had the honor of working with five students from several universities across the state this spring.

This session, after a month and a half, my chief of staff was notified by e-mail that the male and female interns from UCM for my office were needed back at school to work on other projects. I was never informed by the university, or by either intern, of any issues they experienced other than that. I had no reason to doubt what the university said in that e-mail and still have no reason to doubt that. And as of today, I have still never been informed by any intern or staff member of any incidents at all. The remaining three interns assigned to my office had a great experience and finished the session. None have voiced any issues in their internship, nor any report that either of the UCM interns had any problems.

This is my 11th year in the Missouri Capitol and I have had an amazing experience with the intern program with students from across the state over that decade with no problems at all. Now with the recent climate, rumors and speculation abound and I am upset that any of these young people that come to experience the legislative process would be subject to sensationalism.”

Bill Considers Shrinking KC School Board, Moving Election
March 30, 2013

KC Star
JEFFERSON CITY — A plan to shrink the size of the Kansas City school board and move up its election is swiftly making its way through the Missouri General Assembly, with a vote potentially coming as early as next week.

But it’s also drawing criticism from some Kansas City lawmakers who worry it could water down minority representation on the board.

Sen. Paul LeVota, an Independence Democrat, is sponsoring legislation that would reduce the size of the school board from nine members to seven, with five running in districts and two seats elected at-large.

Nearly all school boards in the state have seven members, and supporters of the bill say fewer members increases their profile and voter turnout.

The bill also would move school board elections from April to March starting in 2019 to coincide with city elections.

LaVota Proposes Merging Jackson County & KC Election Boards
March 22, 2013

votingThe Kansas City Star reports a Jackson County Missouri House legislator, Paul LaVota wants to merge the Kansas City Election Board with the Jackson County Election Board.
“There’s just too much inconsistency between the two different election boards in the same county,” LaVota told the Star.
The Kansas City Election Board supervises elections Kansas City south of the River. The Jackson County panel handles voting in the rest of the County including Independence, Grandview and Lee’s Summit along with the other cities and towns in the county.
Northland votes are handles by Clay and Platte election supervisors. Cass County also supervise voting in a small slice of South Kansas City.
A Jackson County Election Board member, Tammy Brown worries there are too many logistical problems to overcome, according to the newspaper.
A legislative hearing on the matter is scheduled for next week in Jefferson City.