Utah lawmakers pass lobbyist harassment training bill

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are approving a proposal to require lobbyists to undergo annual anti-harassment training in order to be licensed to lobby at the state Capitol.

The plan that passed the Utah House with a 58-11 vote on Tuesday now goes to the state Senate for consideration. It comes as waves of sexual harassment allegations have surfaced in governments and businesses around the country.

Utah already requires lawmakers and staff to undergo training about harassment that’s based on sex, religion, race or other factors, but not lobbyists who frequent the Capitol and meet privately with lawmakers and staff.

Utah legislative lawyers have said the proposal wasn’t prompted by bad behavior but ensures lawmakers do everything possible to provide a safe workplace.

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