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State Rep. Charlie Geren, chairman of the House Administration Committee, talks to reporters on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, after the committee voted on an updated sexual harassment policy for the Texas House of Representatives.
 Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

Texas House revises sexual harassment policy following reports of flaws

The revised Texas House sexual harassment policy includes language that strengthens protections against retaliation and provides specific steps to report inappropriate behavior. It comes about two weeks after The Texas Tribune detailed flaws in the former policy that often left victims to fend for themselves.

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 Shelby Tauber

At the Texas Capitol, victims of sexual harassment must fend for themselves

Interviews with more than two dozen current and former lawmakers and legislative aides indicate sexual harassment regularly goes unchecked at the Texas Capitol. And sexual harassment policies rely on officials with little incentive or authority to enforce them, particularly in cases of harassment by lawmakers.

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