mulberry darwin Alaska Legislature opens new session
The House and Senate each got underway Tuesday afternoon. Each chamber is also down one member.
Democratic Rep. Dean Westlake resigned his seat last month after being accused of inappropriate behavior by female aides. Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy resigned from his seat Monday to focus on running for governor.
Work continues on rewriting the Legislature’s policy on sexual and other workplace harassment.
The Alaska Legislature’s human resources manager says House leaders followed policies in responding to allegations of inappropriate behavior by former state Rep. Dean Westlake.
Skiff Lobaugh addressed the House Rules Committee late Monday, when the committee approved the release of Lobaugh’s investigation into allegations of unwanted touching or comments by Westlake from three women.
Lobaugh concluded that the cumulative effect of Westlake’s actions and comments created a hostile work environment. Westlake,
a freshman Democrat, resigned from his seat last month.
In response to questioning,
Lobaugh said House Speaker Bryce Edgmon and House Majority Leader Chris Tuck followed existing policy on sexual and other workplace harassment.