DENVER – State lawmakers in Colorado and New Mexico have begun revisiting their sexual misconduct policies.
It’s part of a wider effort by legislatures around the country to address questions about whether they are doing enough to deter predatory behavior and protect victims.
In Colorado, lawmakers voted Friday to hire a consultant to review the Legislature’s sexual harassment policy. New Mexico lawmakers published a first draft of proposed revisions to sexual harassment rules and disciplinary procedures.
Similar moves are underway in California.
The efforts are aimed at adding accountability, increasing openness and protecting those who come forward with accusations at a time when lawmakers in many states have been forced to resign over sexual misconduct claims.