Senate Prez Negron (R-Stuart) consolidates harassment claims re senators/staff into his office

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, has consolidated authority over all harassment claims against senators or staff into his office. (Source: The Miami Herald)

From The Miami Herald: On Monday, senators raised questions about whether Senate President Joe Negron’s office just blew the timing of the rule change or was working to protect senators who may be vulnerable to complaints.

State Sen. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who will succeed Negron in 2018, said the new rule “needs to be revisited and reviewed to make sure there are no obstacles to reporting.”

State Sen. Wilton Simpson, a Trilby Republican who is hoping to become Senate president in 2020, told the Herald/Times he “was not made aware of policy changes before they happened, and I do not support any policy that leaves employees of the Florida Senate feeling unsafe in the workplace.”

Negron sent out a notice clarifying the rules Monday and said he was prepared to revise them.

“The Senate has absolutely zero tolerance for sexual and workplace harassment against any employee or visitor,” he wrote in a statement provided to the Herald/Times.

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