- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Senate President Steve Yarbrough and state House Speaker J.D. Mesnard are creating a bipartisan committee to draft a behavioral code of conduct for members of the Legislature.

The committee will have four members from each body, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.

Yarbrough and Mesnard said Tuesday that the committee membership still is being finalized.

Once it is, the committee will solicit input from their colleagues and draft the code of conduct.

Mesnard says legislators will benefit from greater clarity and the public will be better served by having a behavioral code of conduct in place.

State Rep. Don Shooter was expelled on Feb. 1 following sexual harassment allegations made by multiple women. Last week, former Sen. Steve Montenegro was accused of receiving inappropriate messages from a Senate staffer.

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