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Diverse team of state lawmakers draft harassment rules

Diverse team of state lawmakers draft harassment rules

The Associated Press
December 06, 2017 07:52 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Eight New Mexico state lawmakers have been assigned to rewriting policies that guard against sexual harassment in the Statehouse amid accounts by women of entrenched misconduct.

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The working group that met this week includes a retired First Amendment-rights attorney and a millennial-generation organizer for social justice causes. Republicans and Democrats are equally represented, while women outnumber men 5-3.

Republican Rep. Kelly Fajardo of Belen already has made it clear she wants independent investigations of future harassment complaints to safeguard against reprisals and build trust.

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She'll be working alongside GOP Rep. Jim Dines, the driving force behind a 2018 ballot measure to create an independent state ethics commission.

Democrats in the commission include first-term legislator Angelica Rubio of Las Cruces and two committee chairwomen.

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