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Plans to enhance sexual harassment rules for Colorado's legislature

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There is now a formal sexual harassment complaint by Colorado State Representative, Faith Winter against fellow Democrat, Representative Steve Lebsock. Last week winter claimed Lebsock made inappropriate and lewd advances at a function away from the capitol.

On the same day, the leaders of both Colorado's House and Senate have decided there is a need to reassess policies and procedures at the state legislature dealing with sexual harassment.  "Whether you're a member, a lobbyist, a citizen just coming here to testify on a bill, or you work in the building as staff, everyone should be protected from any type of harassment," said Senate Majority Leader, Chris Holbert.  

Leaders from both chambers and both parties will be meeting over the next couple of weeks to come up with a proposed plan for revising harassment policies at the state legislature.

Any changes have to be voted on by the whole legislature.

Some changes include better ways for lawmakers, staff, or anyone interacting with the legislature to file allegations of harassment. For example, if there are any anonymous ways of reporting. 

There is currently harassment training every other year, another suggestion is to make that more frequent. 

The plan is to address this issue as soon as the 2018 session starts.

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