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Reynolds: Lawmakers Need to Be Transparent with Harassment Investigation

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Iowa’s Governor says lawmakers need to be open about their investigation into sexual harassment at the State Capitol. Earlier this year, the state agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle a harassment lawsuit brought by a former Iowa Senate staffer. That triggered an investigation by Senate Republicans, which is now reportedly complete. But a spokesman for the Senate Majority Leader says no new information will be released, citing personnel concerns. Governor Kim Reynolds believes there’s a way to make the findings of the investigation public without endangering confidentiality. Reynolds served in the Iowa Senate in 2009 and 2010, while some of the harassment happened. But she says she wasn’t aware of the problem. With sexual harassment scandals impacting politics, business, and entertainment, Reynolds urges all Iowans to consider their role in stopping and preventing such behavior. A human resources position is being created by the Legislature to handle any future harassment complaints.

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