Indiana House backs mandated training on sexual harassment

Indiana Statehouse

The Indiana House voted Thursday to require sexual harassment training for lawmakers

Posted: Jan 26, 2018 3:32 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House voted Thursday to require sexual harassment training for lawmakers, just weeks after a top Republican leader questioned whether it was effective.

The measure by Democratic Rep. Cherrish Pryor of Indianapolis would require legislators to take at least one hour of training every year.

"It's just good public policy," said Pryor. "We need to go on record and show that it's important to us."

The move comes after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men in public office, Hollywood and the media, igniting the #MeToo movement.

Indiana does not currently require lawmakers to take sexual harassment training and neither the House nor the Senate have specific sexual harassment policies governing legislators' conduct.

Instead, codes of conduct in the House and Senate each call for legislators to behave with "high moral and ethical standards."

Shortly after this year's session began, House Speaker Brian Bosma said the possibility of updating the policies had been discussed. But he was non-committal on the issue, adding that when it comes to sexual harassment training there was "a question whether it's effective."

"We've been dealing with bills. I'm not opposed to it by any means," the Indianapolis Republican told reporters.

On Thursday, Bosma voted in favor of Pryor's measure, which was folded into an existing bill on a 95-0 vote. The full measure is expected to receive a vote in the coming days.

If approved, it will move to the Senate. It's unclear if there is support for the measure there, though Pryor added that "they'd be hard pressed not to recognize that they need to."

Any training is likely to be done by video. Last week, Bosma and Senate leader David Long of Fort Wayne wrote a joint letter to the National Conference of State Legislatures, inquiring about video that is under production.

Though lawmakers are not governed by specific sexual harassment policies, their staffers are. They are forbidden from unwanted whistling, touching, pinching and requests for sexual favors, along with more overt types of unwanted sexual behavior.

Staffers in the Senate are required to take yearly sexual harassment training, while House aides take periodic training, according to officials.

House and Senate officials said no sexual harassment complaints have been filed since 2008.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

West Lafayette
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 74°
Kokomo
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 74°
Rensselaer
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 73°
Fowler
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 73°
Williamsport
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 70°
Crawfordsville
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 69°
Frankfort
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 75°
Delphi
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 75°
Monticello
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 75°
Logansport
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 75°
Mainly Dry and Warmer Rest of the Week.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 112626

Reported Deaths: 3520
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion20832759
Lake10292318
Elkhart6415109
St. Joseph6156102
Allen6029200
Hamilton4724109
Vanderburgh344530
Hendricks2673122
Monroe247436
Tippecanoe226913
Johnson2268123
Clark215056
Porter207845
Cass19329
Delaware188261
Vigo178123
Madison159575
LaPorte137739
Floyd131461
Howard128563
Kosciusko120217
Warrick119936
Bartholomew115357
Marshall98924
Dubois95418
Boone95146
Hancock91143
Grant89133
Noble89132
Henry77024
Wayne74414
Jackson7409
Morgan70038
Shelby66529
Daviess64427
Dearborn63228
LaGrange63111
Clinton59212
Harrison56024
Putnam53710
Lawrence50528
Montgomery50521
Knox5019
Gibson4854
White48114
DeKalb45611
Decatur45439
Miami4263
Fayette41813
Greene41835
Jasper3862
Steuben3707
Scott35610
Sullivan33012
Jennings31212
Posey3060
Franklin29925
Clay2935
Orange28524
Ripley2838
Carroll27013
Wabash2618
Washington2611
Starke2537
Whitley2526
Wells2482
Adams2453
Jefferson2443
Fulton2342
Huntington2223
Tipton21722
Spencer2153
Perry21413
Randolph2087
Jay1730
Newton17111
Owen1651
Martin1640
Rush1524
Pike1401
Vermillion1260
Fountain1182
Pulaski1151
Blackford1133
Crawford1030
Brown1023
Parke941
Benton880
Union770
Ohio767
Switzerland700
Warren391
Unassigned0225

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events