Maryland lawmakers update sex misconduct rules

Posted at 6:01 AM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 06:01:21-05

Maryland lawmakers will take up a proposal to update the legislature's sexual harassment policy.

Alexandra Hughes, chief of staff for House Speaker Michael Busch, said Monday the proposal would centrally track complaints against legislators and staff annually. 

It's scheduled for a vote Tuesday before a committee that decides legislative policy. 

Now, members of the public do not have a way of checking to see how many complaints are filed annually against lawmakers or their staff members. Under the proposal, names of legislators or staff members who are accused would not be made public, because the cases are considered personnel matters. 

The committee last updated the policy last year. The latest update comes after a wave of allegations against national political, entertainment and media figures.