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Sexual harassment training offered for lobbyists

Sexual harassment training offered for lobbyists

Marian Camacho
December 20, 2017 11:56 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Year will include sexual harassment training for lobbyists during the 2018 legislative session.

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New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Wednesday that there will be two trainings in January.  The trainings will be held on Thursday, January 11 and Thursday, January 18.

“Sexual harassment in state government is as much a problem here in New Mexico as it is nationally,” said Toulouse Oliver. “That’s unacceptable and it’s past time to step up and confront this issue.

Existing registered lobbyists have already been sent their annual registration forms for the upcoming legislative session, but there is something new on those forms.  Now, lobbyists will be asked to disclose whether they have existing sexual harassment policies in place and also whether they have received any sexual harassment training in the last twelve months.

Their responses will be displayed on the secretary of state’s website and used to help determine what the office calls “appropriate next steps” when it comes to fighting the sexual harassment epidemic.

If the lobbyists do not have policies in place, Toulouse Oliver’s office plans to give them draft policies to help in the creation and implementation of new policies. 

Currently, the Office of the Secretary of State does not have legal authority to mandate sexual harassment training for lobbyists, but Toulouse Oliver will be pushing the legislature to make the trainings for lobbyists mandatory.

“This is just the beginning of my efforts to keep sexual misconduct and harassment out of the Roundhouse,” said Toulouse Oliver. “I will continue working with lobbyists and the legislature to ensure we are properly addressing the problem.”

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