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Washington House Passes Resolution To Establish Task Force On Sexual Harassment

File photo of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia
File photo of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia

Washington lawmakers are taking steps to address sexual harassment at the state Capitol. The House passed a resolution Thursday to establish a task force on sexual harassment. Members will include lawmakers, lobbyists and staff.

State Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self said the task force will aim to create a more respectful work environment at the Capitol.

“We want to produce a safe climate where anybody that feels unsafe, disrespected, feels harassed can come up and safely speak,” she said.

Among other things, the task force will consider adoption of a code of conduct and further training on preventing sexual harassment.

The resolution comes after more than 200 women including lobbyists and lawmakers signed a letter in November calling for a change in the Capitol culture. The resolution now heads to the Senate. 

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