Legislators meet in Butte, work to clarify sexual harassment policy

BUTTE – A bipartisan group of state lawmakers are in Butte this week to tour the Mining City and address a policy issue in the Legislature: the development of a clear sexual harassment policy.

“It’s kind of a tough issue because it’s all about sex. So nobody wants to talk about it or deal with it, so it’s just a sensitive issue, and we want to make sure our policy is completely intact and being followed. And make sure we’re doing everything we need to be doing to have a great policy,” said Sen. Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville.

While there have been no reports of sexual harassment that have gone public concerning the Montana Legislature, there have been numerous incidents reported in other state legislatures, and Montana lawmakers want to be prepared.