(Jan. 24) – The leadership of the Colorado legislature selected an independent third-party contractor today to conduct a review of the state legislature’s workplace harassment policy.

Harassment complaints against state legislators in 2017 prompted Speaker Crisanta Duran to call for an outside review of the workplace harassment policy as part of a campaign to “change the culture of the Capitol.”

“Our policy must deter workplace harassment and detect it when it happens, and if there are changes that will make the policy more effective, we have a responsibility to adopt them,” Speaker Duran said today after the legislative leaders, meeting as the executive committee of the Legislative Council, selected Investigations Law Group, a Denver-based firm, to conduct the review.

“We have contracted for a comprehensive cultural assessment as well as specific recommendations on workplace policy,” said House Majority Leader KC Becker. “We expect robust outreach to interested parties under the Capitol dome and to the general public.”

Also today, dates were announced for mandatory trainings for legislators on workplace harassment, another of the measures adopted by the executive committee in response to the recent sexual harassment complaints. The trainings will be held Jan. 29, Feb. 2 and Feb. 16.

The Executive Committee is chaired by Speaker Duran and includes Senate President Kevin Grantham as vice chair as well as Majority Leader Becker, Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert, Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman and House Minority Leader Patrick Neville.

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