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Harassment complaints increase at New Mexico Legislature

By MORGAN LEE
Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Legislature has received more complaints of sexual misconduct or harassment this year than it did over the past decade, when just one formal report was made.

Public records requests by The Associated Press show New Mexico's Legislature received four complaints about misconduct or harassment during this year's legislative session - two against lawmakers and two against staff.

The AP filed similar records requests in every state seeking information on sexual misconduct or harassment complaints against lawmakers, as well as any financial settlements.

Though the process unearthed a total of about 70 complaints and nearly $3 million in settlements nationwide, the actual figures are almost certainly higher.

That's because a majority of states released no records, with some saying they had no complaints, did not keep a tally or they aren't legally bound to disclose the information.

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