Senate President Joe Negron is trying to stake out a strong position against sexual harassment in the state Legislature after the resignation of two members. It was the first thing he addressed in his session opening speech.
“State government should lead by example in instituting policies that ensure employees feel safe when they come to work and comfortable to confidentially report inappropriate behavior by any person," Negron said.
"As public and private entities throughout the country review their own policies related to sexual and workplace harassment the Senate is also participating in this important dialogue,” he went on.
The chamber is reeling from multiple examples of impropriety. In addition to the resignations, an anonymous website outed two senators engaged in an extramarital affair just before session began.