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Wed Dec 6, 2017, 11:57 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards creates task force to look into sexual harassment in state government

Gov. John Bel Edwards is creating a task force to examine sexual harassment and discrimination in state government, following allegations that led to the resignation of one of Edwards' top aides.

The task force, which Edwards established by executive order on Wednesday, will submit a report to the governor by March 1. The panel will include seven human resources professionals from state government and the private sector, but names are still being finalized, Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo said.

It is at least the fourth probe that has been launched into how Louisiana government handles harassment allegations, amid a growing national focus on sexual misconduct and news that Edward's deputy chief of staff Johnny Anderson resigned facing harassment allegations. Anderson has denied wrongdoing.

Separately, the state legislative auditor, at the request of State Sen. Sharon Hewitt, is looking into the issue, as well as various hiring practices.

Read more: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_90f25692-dab6-11e7-ac20-33092e634838.html

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