Mandatory sexual harrasment training for Minnesota lawmakers

"Well, after one of my members was sexually harassed on the House floor...

Susie Jones
January 10, 2019 - 11:33 am

Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives went through a mandatory sexual harassment training Thursday.

"Well, after one of my members was sexually harassed on the House floor, I had requested former Speaker Daudt provide training to all members," said House Speaker Melissa Hortman. "And we did that for the first time in 2018, and so now it is how we will begin our session."

In the Senate, Republicans introduced 91 bills on Thursday, the bills had their first reading were sent to committee. On Wednesday, House Democrats unveiled the first ten bills.

Speaker Hortman told WCCO Radio she expects to get along with Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka.

"We have a good relationship," she said. "We are not strangers to each other. We have been in negotiations together for the last two years."

She's optimistic about working with Gazelka.

"We don't believe in needless conflict or poking each other in the eye," she said.

Also on the House floor, members shared memories of Tom Rukavina, the Iron Range lawmaker who died this week. His funeral will be held on January 19th.