This may come as a surprise, but state lawmakers don’t have an innate understanding of the legislative process.

After all, subjects like bill drafting and budgeting don’t come easy — and they aren’t known to rile a political crowd during campaign season.

Legislative leadership hopes to remedy this problem next week through a series of interim committee meetings, which will act more like workshops.

Notably, both chambers appear to prioritize ethics and workplace conduct.

Senate President Bill Galvano will prioritize ethics training during the interim committee meetings, which this year will act more like workshops.

That makes sense, especially when the past year is put into perspective. The Senate is currently battling a harassment lawsuit filed by a Senate aide, Rachel PerrinRogers. Voters also approved new ethics requirements by passing Amendment 12, placed on the 2018 ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission.

In addition to three hours worth of ethics training next week, Senators will soon be offered training on subjects like harassment.

“New training opportunities covering workplace harassment, bystander intervention, workplace diversity and inclusion, and unconscious bias are being developed,” Senate President Bill Galvano wrote to members this week.


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