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‥MeToo shifts California Capitol culture, but with hitches

August 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Staffers, lawmakers and lobbyists say the party scene in California’s capital has mellowed since the #MeToo reckoning hit Sacramento last fall, prompting the resignations of three lawmakers and pledges of change.

But several reports of bad behavior — sexual and otherwise — have recently surfaced.

Republican Sen. Joel Anderson was kicked out of a bar on Aug. 13 for allegedly threatening to hit a female lobbyist, and a union president was accused of shoving a lawmaker earlier in the month.

Both incidents resulted in formal complaints to the Legislature.

Observers say the coming weeks will provide a test of whether cultural change has truly taken root, as the current legislative session ends and election season kicks into high gear.

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