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November 24, 2017 10:28 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Politicians across the country are dealing with the fallout from accusations of more women claiming sexual misconduct.


U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., issued another apology after more women came forward claiming he grabbed their backside at campaign events. U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., faces similar accusations and had a third woman come forward.

Meanwhile, sexual misconduct accusations continue to dog Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Lawmakers want to see changes.

"We don't have the encouragement for those individuals who believed they have been sexually harassed to come forward and feel comfortable in making that complaint," said U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.

In New Mexico, Democrats are calling for all of their candidates running for office to get mandatory sexual harassment training. But Republican state Rep. Kelly Fajardo, R-Belen, said that's not good enough.

Fajardo sent a letter to New Mexico House and Senate leadership asking for an overhaul of the legislature's current "no harassment" policy. She said training won't do any good without a strong, enforceable policy.

“The previous ‘anything-goes culture of the Roundhouse must end now,” Fajardo said. “Mandating training is pointless without a strong, enforceable policy in place to protect everyone who visits Legislature.”

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