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The Latest: NJ Senate approves new anti-harassment policy

September 27, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a new legislative anti-harassment policy (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

The New Jersey Senate voted to adopt a new legislative anti-harassment policy, the first in about 10 years, and the first of the #MeToo era.

The Democrat-led Senate approved the bipartisan new policy and accompanying legislation 38-0 Thursday. The Democrat-controlled Assembly passed it 79-0.

The policy passed as a resolution and does not require the governor’s assent to take effect.

The eight-page document replaces a five-and-a-half-page 2009 policy.

It has a handful of changes, among them requiring training every two years.

The policy came after a review by lawmakers who began pushing for updates amid accounts of sexual misconduct as part of the #MeToo movement.

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2 p.m.

The New Jersey Assembly has voted to adopt its first new anti-harassment policy in nearly a decade, and the first of the #MeToo era.

The Democrat-led Assembly approved the new policy and accompanying legislation 79-0 on Thursday. A state Senate vote is set for Thursday as well.

The eight-page policy supersedes a five-and-a-half-page 2009 document and includes a handful of changes. It requires anti-harassment training at least every two years, among other changes.

The policy came after a review by lawmakers who began pushing for updates amid accounts of sexual misconduct as part of the #MeToo movement.

This year, The Associated Press filed records requests with legislatures in every state seeking information on the number of sexual misconduct or harassment complaints.

New Jersey was among a majority with no publicly available records.

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12:20 a.m.

New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote on adopting their first new harassment policy in nearly a decade, and the first of the #MeToo era.

The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate scheduled Thursday votes on the policy. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin unveiled it last week.

The eight-page policy supersedes a five-and-a-half-page 2009 document and includes a handful of changes, among them the requirement for anti-harassment training at least every two years.

The policy came after a review by lawmakers who began pushing for updates amid accounts of sexual misconduct as part of the #MeToo movement.

Earlier this year, The Associated Press filed records requests with legislatures in every state seeking information on the number of sexual misconduct or harassment complaints.

New Jersey was among a majority with no publicly available records.

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