sexual harassment

Kate Payne

Reform-minded Florida lawmakers are disagreeing over how to address sexual harassment. House Republicans have significantly expanded their measure. And that could make it more difficult for the two chambers to agree.

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A state lawmaker is defending one of her staffers, who is accusing former Senator Jack Latvala of sexual harassment, sexual assault and coercion. Florida Senate employee Laura McLeod is the second woman to come forward publicly with allegations against Latvala.

Republican Sen. Anitere Flores (l) and Democratic Sen. Oscar Braynon (r) admit, apologize for affair. 1/9/17
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The 2018 legislative session opened Monday with the lingering conduct of sexual misdeeds hanging over it.  The latest lawmakers caught in the web are two of the Senate’s most powerful leaders.

State Reopens Search To Fill PSC Post After Workman Withdraws

Dec 23, 2017
From the left Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, and Rep. Douglas Vaughn "Doug" Broxson, R-Midway, debates on the House floor March 22, 2013.
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The state has reopened a search to fill a spot on the Florida Public Service Commission, after appointee Ritch Workman withdrew this month following a sexual misconduct allegation.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
Nick Evans

Senator Jack Latvala is resigning after two separate reports condemned his behavior toward women in the legislative process.

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The Florida Senate has received a report that concludes there is probable cause for some of the sexual harassment allegations against state Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater). The Special Master’s report also opens the door to other investigations, including a possible criminal one.

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With the 2018 legislative session looming, state officials are doing their level best to defuse a widening sexual harassment scandal.  The governor is ordering new training at state agencies.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke about his executive order after December's Cabinet meeting.
Florida Cabinet

Florida Governor Rick Scott is ordering state agencies to develop training and reporting guidelines for sexual harassment.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
Nick Evans

Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, continues to fight against allegations of sexual harassment but there’s mounting evidence he is on the losing end. The state’s House Speaker said recently Latvala could end up being kicked out the Senate in January.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program Wednesday (12/6/17) to discuss sexual harassment in the Florida Capitol and hurricane recovery.
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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he believes embattled Sen. Jack Latvala is heading toward expulsion from the chamber. Latvala is facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Steven Bittell has resigned following a Politico Florida story containing allegations of “creepy” behavior toward women. Six anonymous women accuse Bittell of leering, making suggestive comments and creating an uncomfortable working climate.

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Tallahassee is not the only state capitol reeling from sexual harassment claims. Legislatures in California, Indiana, Missouri, Washington and at least seven others are also dealing with the issue.

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Florida's Attorney General and it's next Senate Minority leader are weighing in on the sex scandals that have rocked the state capitol in recent days. Both women are adding their voices to a growing chorus of concern about the behavior of lawmakers and lobbyists and the culture of the legislature.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
Nick Evans

Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater,  has been temporarily removed from his powerful position as Senate Appropriations Chairman. The senator is fighting back anonymous claims of sexual harassment.

Nick Evans

With two members leaving in disgrace this year, the Florida Senate is facing a barrage of questions about sexual harassment policies in the Capitol. 

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The Florida Senate is mired in controversy after a top democratic member admitted to an affair with a lobbyist and resigned.  Budget chief and gubernatorial hopeful Jack Latvala is interested in ethics reform—but says legislating morality is a dead end.

State lawmakers are considering bills to criminalize online sexual harassment and crack down on sexting. 

Florida State University student Carly Helstrom says a brief fling several years ago led to months of embarrassment when nude photos of her ended up online. She says her former partner was intentionally trying to hurt her when he posted sexually explicit photos of her.