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New Mexico statehouse embarks on anti-harassment overhaul

By MORGAN LEE
Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Lobbyists are attending voluntary, state-sponsored training on how to prevent and report sexual misconduct, and New Mexico lawmakers will do the same next week.

It's part of a push by the Legislature to make the Capitol work environment safer amid a nationwide debate over sexual misconduct.

On Thursday, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver provided an anti-harassment briefing from a human resources expert for about 40 lobbyists.

The Legislature is in the process of revising its anti-harassment policies after women began breaking their silence about sexual misconduct and harassment in the Capitol.

Legislators last attended sexual harassment training in 2004.

New anti-harassment policies and procedures could be adopted as soon as Monday, the day before the Legislature convenes.

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