Arizona House launches sexual harassment investigations
2:32 PM, Nov 8, 2017
6:52 PM, Nov 8, 2017
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House is investigating allegations of sexual harassment at the Legislature, including allegations from a Scottsdale lawmaker that another member of the chamber told her he wanted to have a romantic relationship with her.
Matthew Specht, a spokesman for the House Republican caucus, says the investigations announced Wednesday will examine harassment allegations made by Reps. Michelle Ugenti-Rita of Scottsdale and Kelly Townsend of Mesa.
The response to sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo social-media movement has spread to statehouses across the country.
Two weeks after Ugenti-Rita first made the allegations last month, the Arizona House issued a written harassment policy.
Under the policy, a House member experiencing harassment can report it to the chamber's attorney or the chiefs of staff from either party.