Proposed sexual harassment legislation whittled down to one bill

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Senators have whittled down proposals to toughen Louisiana’s policies against sexual harassment in government agencies to one compromise bill. And they removed language that could have hidden harassment allegations and investigation details from the public.
    
Three proposals seeking to enact anti-harassment training and policies across government were pending in the Senate.
    
The sponsors agreed Wednesday to go with one bill, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Carpenter , a Baton Rouge Democrat. The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee sent that measure to the full Senate for debate without objection.
    
Possible changes to the language are still being negotiated.
    
Advancement of the anti-harassment bill came a day after a legislative audit showed Louisiana has spent more than $5 million on 84 lawsuits involving sexual harassment claims since 2009.
    
 

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