New Mexico lawmakers introduce proposed anti-harassment rules
December 15, 2017 11:08 AM
SANTA FE, N.M. – With sexual harassment at center stage across the United States, the New Mexico lawmakers have proposed new anti-harassment rules.
A group of lawmakers published their first draft of the proposed rules and disciplinary actions today in Santa Fe in response to concerns that sexual harassment has gone unchecked.
The new proposal includes procedures for filing complaints against lawmakers, legislative staff and lobbyists or others who visit the state Capitol.
Complaints against lawmakers would be reviewed by the speaker of the House or Senate president and then possibly referred to an ethics subcommittee and any reprimand, censure or expulsion would be determined by the entire House or Senate.
The legislature’s current policy is from 2008 and relies on the heads of legislative agencies or chief clerks to vet complaints.
Several female lawmakers and lobbyists have voiced that investigations should be handled by an independent authority outside of the Legislature in order to guard against retaliation.
The review of policy comes amid the national highlight on sexual harassment in the workplace including allegations made locally by women who have worked in the Legislature.
Earlier this month, Vanessa Alarid released a detailed account of what she says happened to her while working as a lobbyist in 2009. Alarid says a former House lawmaker offered to vote for a bill if she would have sex with him.
Updated: December 15, 2017 11:08 AM
Created: December 15, 2017 08:26 AM
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