Md. women’s caucus releases proposed policy changes

(AP) – The women's caucus of the Maryland General Assembly has released its recommendations to strengthen legislative policies regarding sexual harassment.

One of the biggest changes proposed Wednesday would create an independent investigator to examine complaints.

The caucus also is recommending the legislature increase the number of people to whom complaints can be reported. Another recommendation would expand the policy to cover lobbyists, not just lawmakers.

Del. Ariana Kelly, a Montgomery County Democrat and the president of the caucus, hopes the changes are accomplished through legislation or by the Legislative Policy Committee.

Kelly says the caucus has been working on the issue for about 18 months. The caucus has 60 members.

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