House approves Libby’s anti-harassment training rule
AUGUSTA–Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Nate Libby’s proposal to strengthen harassment prevention training at the State House received broad, bipartisan support in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Having secured approval from two-thirds of lawmakers in both chambers, the Joint Rules will be amended to reflect this new rule.
The new rule requires lawmakers to attend in-person harassment prevention training annually.
“Harassment of any kind has no place at the State House. It is our responsibility as leaders and lawmakers to ensure that the State House is a safe and respectful environment for everyone, whether they are here to work, visit or testify before the Legislature,” said Sen. Libby of Lewiston. “Harassment occurs all too often in the workplace, and recent events nationwide have highlighted the need for people power to take active measures to prevent this type of behavior from the start.”
Before the rule change, harassment prevention training occurred at the beginning of each two-year term and was effectively optional. Lawmakers were able miss the training by signing a document summarizing the Legislature’s harassment policy.
Sen. Libby began working on his rule amendment in October 2017. The rule change has received unanimous support from the Select Committee on Joint Rules, which sets the rules that govern the legislature, the personnel committee of the Legislative Council and the Senate.