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Commentary: Audio: Lawmaker says as many as 50 percent of women who work at Legislature have experienced sexual harassment

Legislators have only a few bills remaining as the 65th North Dakota Legislative Assembly winds down with adjournment expected to be on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

With one ugly story after another about sexual harassment and abuse making headlines nationally, in Bismarck lawmakers have begun discussing their own policies on the matter.

This week the Legislative Procedure and Arrangements Committee met to discuss the matter. A member of that committee, Rep. Kathy Hogan (D-Fargo), spoke with me on air today and made some startling statements.

She estimated to me that as much as 50 percent of the women who work at the Legislature have experienced sexual harassment. “We see the behavior so frequently we’ve almost gotten to the point of accepting it,” she said.

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