Panel to examine Legislature's anti-harassment rules

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A panel of South Dakota lawmakers will examine the Legislature's rules after news reports about sexism and harassment related to the statehouse.

Senate President Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield said Tuesday he will appoint a legislative group to look at current anti-harassment policies, changes proposed by a Democratic lawmaker and consider issues brought forward by others.

Democratic Sen. Billie Sutton had offered a plan earlier that would require the nonpartisan legislative staff agency to conduct investigations into allegations of harassment.

The proposed rules would apply to the harassment of legislators, lobbyists, interns, pages and legislative employees by people holding those positions.

Sutton says the Legislature's current harassment policy is restrictive, sparse and confusing. He is a candidate for governor.

South Dakota legislators and their staff have sexual harassment training this month.