Assembly OKs mandatory sex harassment training

Assembly OKs mandatory sex harassment training
State Capitol

The state Assembly has unanimously approved mandatory sexual harassment training for members and employees.

The chamber adopted a resolution Tuesday calling for mandatory training at the beginning of each two-year legislative session on a 92-0 vote with no discussion. Currently the Legislature’s attorneys include sexual harassment training in orientation sessions for new state representatives and new senators but the training isn’t mandatory.

Speaker Robin Vos told reporters before the vote that even though the resolution calls for training to occur at the beginning of each session he will mandate the initial training period take place before the current legislative session ends. Vos has said he wants the Assembly to finish its work by March.

Tuesday’s floor session was the Assembly’s first since two anonymous women accused Democratic Rep. Josh Zepnick in a Capital Times newspaper story of drunkenly trying to kiss them at political events in 2011 and 2015. Zepnick has said the allegations are true.

Democratic leaders have demanded Zepnick resign but he has refused and showed up in his customary seat on Tuesday. He voted for the training resolution.