Lawmaker wants stronger, broader policy against harassment

November 25, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker says the Legislature should overhaul and expand its harassment policy.

Republican Rep. Kelly Fajardo of Belen says mandating training is pointless without a strong and enforceable policy that protects lobbyists, vendors and visitors in addition to lawmakers and staff.

Fajardo wrote legislative leaders to call for a broader and stronger harassment policy as statehouses nationwide grapple with allegations of sexual misconduct.

New Mexico legislative leaders have already begun a review of workplace harassment guidelines and preventative training, and lawmakers are likely to under prevention training for the first time in more than a decade.

The current policy outlines steps for confronting and investigating sexual misconduct among lawmakers, legislative staff, lobbyists, vendors and others.

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