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A state panel will hold a hearing next week to review the Louisiana Legislature's sexual harassment policies as part of an ongoing look into whether improvements should be made.

The Senate Select Committee on Women and Children, chaired by Sen. Regina Barrow, will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 at the State Capitol. 

According to a meeting notice, House and Senate staff will present human resource policies and member rules about sexual harassment. How those policies compare to other states will also be discussed.

The Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus, chaired by Rep. Helena Moreno, first set out on the policy review earlier this month, amid a wave of reports of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against high-profile men — from Hollywood to Congress.

After a top aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards resigned due to allegations of harassment last week, state Sen. Sharon Hewitt has separately requested the Louisiana Legislative Auditor look into practices in state government outside the Legislature. An investigation has been launched into the harassment allegations against Anderson.

Read more about the ongoing reviews of state policies here.


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