Legislators who skip training could face ethics complaint

Capitol Building in Juneau, Alaska
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska legislators who don't take training to prevent sexual harassment could face an ethics complaint, after a legislative ethics committee agreed Friday to make the training mandatory this year.

Legislative leaders previously told lawmakers and staff members they must participate in training. There was a threat, at least on the House side, that members who didn't comply would lose staff.

But House Majority Leader Chris Tuck, a committee member, says those actions are subjective and it would be better for a jury of public members to aid in any actions. The committee has five public members.

Rep. Tammie Wilson says she wants an external investigation into how allegations of inappropriate behavior by former Rep. Dean Westlake were handled, before taking the training and is willing to risk an ethics violation.

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