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Earlier, the House had provided information about nine complaints between 2015 and December 2017. The Senate said at that time it had no records of such complaints, though Jessica Eskeland, public policy specialist for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said she hears anecdotal complaints about Statehouse harassment a few times a month.
"We know that sexual harassment takes place everywhere and here is no exception," she said. "And we know that the number one reason cited for those who have concerns or complaints is fear of retribution."
The bill would also require the Legislature to create a new sexual harassment policy that would be reviewed and revised as needed every two years. Lawmakers on the committee said they want to review recently enacted policies in neighboring Maine and Vermont.