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4 Hawaii lawmakers got sexual misconduct complaints

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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Four Hawaii lawmakers have been the subject of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct complaints since 2008.

An Associated Press investigation found three of the complaints were filed against House members, one against a senator. None resulted in a lawmaker's suspension or expulsion. The senator was counseled and attended one-on-one harassment training.

Both chambers say state law requires them to withhold the lawmakers' identities because none was suspended or expelled.

The Senate and House provided the information in response to a request by The Associated Press for records related to sexual harassment or misconduct complaints made against lawmakers since 2008.

The AP filed the request under Hawaii's open records law.

Sen. Laura Thielen, a leader of the Women's Legislative Caucus, says sexual harassment or assault shouldn't be tolerated at any workplace.

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