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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A panel of Maryland lawmakers has voted to update the General Assembly's policy on sexual harassment.

Under the changes approved Tuesday, the legislature will keep track of complaints made against legislators.

Those complaints will be reported to the Legislative Policy Committee annually at a public hearing. While the reports will not name anyone, they will include how each matter was handled and any punishment received by a legislator.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will take up a proposal to update the legislature's sexual harassment policy

Alexandra Hughes, chief of staff for House Speaker Michael Busch, said Monday the proposal would centrally track complaints against legislators and staff annually.

It's scheduled for a vote Tuesday before a committee that decides legislative policy.

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Senator Tom Carper has added his name to the growing list of his colleagues calling for fellow Democrat Al Franken to step down in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat joined more than a dozen of his colleagues including at least eight senators calling for the Minnesota senator’s resignation.

The decision came after a report by Politico about a Democratic congressional aide who said Franken cornered her in her studio in 2006 and forcibly kissed her.

Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland-based production crew for "House of Cards" will continue to get paid for at least another two weeks. The show has been on hiatus since October, when allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against star Kevin Spacey.

The Baltimore Sun reported that production company Media Rights Capital has updated the cast and crew in an email. It says they'll be paid for an additional two-week period that begins Monday and continues through Dec. 8.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A candidate in Maryland's governor's race has proposed a new state agency that would focus on stopping sexual harassment and violence.

The Washington Post reported that Democrat Krishanti Vignarajah outlined her proposal on Monday.

She said the agency would identify repeat offenders and audit state offices. Individuals seeking office, employment or public funding would have to disclose whether they've committed such misconduct.

Vignarajah is one of two women in a crowded field of Democrats seeking to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan next year.

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The former CEO of DuPont Ellen Kullman revealed that she had to put up with sexual harassment during her careers.

The Delaware native told the Wilmington News Journal that it was “not terrible”.

But she added that many women during the 1980’s learned not to be around their male colleagues when there was alcohol.

She declined to describe the kinds of harassment that she had experienced.

Kullman was the first woman to become the CEO of DuPont.

She has now added her name to the list of women who are talking about sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Marc Appelbaum is no longer the Town Manager of Dewey Beach.

WBOC reports that the town council and Appelbaum came to an agreement on Saturday.

Appelbaum has been hit with controversy surround allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

A recent independent investigation recommended that Appelbaum be reprimanded but not suspended or fired.

Action on his tenure was postponed until the city council had read the full report.

There was also a delay because of a city election.

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Dewey Beach will pay the legal fees for Town Manager Marc Appelbaum if it needed to do so.

The town commissioners voted unanimously but said it will wait two business days before providing the financial compensation.

Rick Cross the lawyer for those who have filed complaints that include sexual harassment and racial discrimination told WBOC that the town agreed to withhold payment until the issue has been decided by the courts.

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Now that the municipal elections are over the Dewey Beach Town Commission will take up the case of Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

It comes a week after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and improper conduct in office.

The probe found there was not enough evidence to immediately suspend or terminate Appelbaum.

The investigating attorney said that some of the most serious complaints occurred three or four years ago.

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Saturday’s Dewey Beach elections saw incumbent Mayor Dale Cooke returned to office and was joined by newcomers on the town commission Paul Bauer and TJ Redefer.

Redefer and Bauer received the most votes with over 400 while Cooke who has been on the commission for a number of terms and is also Mayor got 399.

The two incumbents who lost were Diane Hansen and Jill Compello.

The elections come amidst allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination by the Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

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