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Senate leaders say sex complaints should remain secret

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican and Democratic leaders in the state Senate say sexual harassment complaints in their chamber should remain secret.

The Assembly and Senate chief clerks refused to release complaints their offices have received over the past decade, saying releasing them would discourage reporting.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said on Thursday that he and Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling are revising the Senate’s sexual-harassment policy and complaints should remain confidential as they discuss those changes.

Shilling issued a statement saying victims should get to decide whether they want to talk about their experiences in public.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Minority Leader Gordon Hintz said during a news conference on Tuesday that complaints in their chamber should remain confidential to protect privacy.

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