Georgia lawmakers are forming a special committee dedicated to the issue of sexual harassment.
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston issued a joint statement on the group, which will fall under the legislative services committee.
"Certainly the public awareness and the height and attention that has come because of the women that have spoken up and come forward has really heightened the public's engagement," Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson said. "So they want to make sure their public officials are doing the right thing,"
Henson will be one of six members on the subcommittee tasked with reviewing current policies. He already has ideas for shortfalls that should be addressed.
"The Senate rules don't allow a general public member to file a complaint in the same way a staff member can," Henson said. "They can file a civil suit, but they can't file a complaint with the ethics committee. I think that should be allowed for the general public as well as the senator."
Henson hopes the committee will address such ideas and expects the group will also mandate sexual harassment training.
"I definitely think we need mandatory, required and frequent sexual harassment training," Henson said. "Also, I think we need to be educating not only legislators but staff members, department heads."
The first committee meeting date has not yet been released.