- Associated Press - Thursday, December 21, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office is offering training for lobbyists about sexual harassment in an effort to combat workplace misconduct.

Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Wednesday announced two training sessions on Jan. 11 and Jan. 18.

Toulouse Oliver said her office does not have the legal authority to mandate sexual harassment training for lobbyists. At the same time, the agency is urging lobbyists to disclose publicly whether they received anti-harassment training or adhere to outside policies.

The Secretary of State’s Office also is providing lobbyists with draft anti-harassment policies and information to help them establish or improve policies at their own businesses.

The New Mexico Legislature is rewriting its own policy against sexual harassment in response to concerns that widespread misconduct has gone unchecked.

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