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Maine offers harassment prevention training for lobbyists

November 25, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lobbyists can receive free training in preventing harassment in Maine.

A new law in Maine requires that lawmakers and their staffs receive annual, in-person anti-harassment training and education — and it mandates that lobbyists also receive the same training.

Lobbyists can sign up for training sessions slated for December, January, February and May.

Several lobbyists and lawmakers came forward in February to share their experiences with inappropriate behavior at the Maine Statehouse, including unwanted touching, lewd comments and leering.

Previously, lawmakers could satisfy the training requirement by signing a form saying they had attended a class. The training is now required by law.

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