Indiana House vote on sexual harassment training draws reaction

The Indiana House voted to require training about sexual harassment for lawmakers. The vote was 95-0.

Posted: Feb 3, 2018 7:00 PM
Updated: Feb 4, 2018 5:29 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- This proposition of making it a requirement to have training on sexual harassment comes after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations among powerful men in public office, hollywood and the news media.

Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun said it's sad it has come to this, but it helps people steer clear of trouble.

"Obviously that is something that's been in the news in the private sector and the government, and I think if they don't take training, they're gonna see very quickly, if they don't behave correctly, they're going to be out of their business or out of office,"Braun said.

In the state of Indiana, specifically, lawmakers aren't currently required to take sexual harassment training.

House and Senate policies instead require lawmakers to act with "high moral and ethical standards."

"I think most of us are not guilty of that kind of thing. It's a shame some of the leaders and high profile people thought they could get by with it," he added.

Jim Barron and Ev Kilgore said it's a fair thing to do.

"In light of what's happening now, it's probably not a bad idea,"Barron said.


"As we can tell from all the things that have been going on lately, they need a lot of training in that as do other fields as well,"Kilgore added.

If this gets approved, it will move to the Senate for consideration.

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