INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a new law Thursday requiring Indiana lawmakers to
complete at least one hour of training a year intended to prevent sexual
governor's signature comes after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations hit
powerful men in public office, Hollywood and the news media.
Holcomb said he is
using the occasion to also beef up sexual harassment policies that apply to
agency managers, as well as rank-and-file government workers. The state's
judicial branch has also updated its policies.
"In light of the
many recent, high-profile sexual and workplace harassment cases, it makes
sense for all branches of government to take a look at their own policies,"
Holcomb said. "There's zero room for harassment of any kind in Indiana's
state government workplaces."
employees have long worked under a clearly outlined sexual harassment
policy. But until Holcomb signed the bill, lawmakers were only obligated to
act with "high moral and ethical standards."
In addition to
mandatory training for lawmakers, Statehouse leaders will be required by the
law to develop a clear anti-harassment policy by late November that applies
Under the changes
Holcomb made to the executive branch, agency heads will have to complete
annual training workshops focused on preventing sexual harassment and
State managers and
supervisors at all levels will be required to participate in an annual
anti-harassment training program that will launch this summer.
Employees will have
to complete anti-harassment computer training that will begin in May.