Governor signs lawmaker sexual harassment bill

The changes come after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations hit powerful men in public office, Hollywood and the news media.

Posted: Mar 22, 2018 4:39 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a new law requiring Indiana lawmakers to complete at least one hour of training intended to prevent sexual harassment.

Legislative employees have long worked under a clearly outlined sexual harassment policy. But until the Republican governor signed the bill Thursday, lawmakers were only obligated to act with "high moral and ethical standards."

In addition to mandatory training for lawmakers, the bill also requires Statehouse leaders to develop in the coming months a clear anti-harassment policy that applies to legislators.

Holcomb is also beefing up sexual harassment policies that apply to agency managers, as well as rank-and file government workers.

The changes come after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations hit powerful men in public office, Hollywood and the news media.

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