House Passes Bill to Independently Investigate Harassment Claims at State House

Jun 6, 2019

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR
 

The New Hampshire Legislature is one step closer to holding independent investigations into sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers.

Currently, complaints are reported to the House or Senate chiefs of staff. Under a bill the House passed on Wednesday, complaints would go to an independent human resources employee instead.

Supporters say sexual harassment is a real and continuing problem in workplaces, including the Statehouse. Opponents say administrative policy shouldn't be enshrined in state law.

The House made some changes to a bill that previously passed the Senate, so differences between the two versions still must be worked out.