The committee discussed membership of the new committee or panel that will oversee formal workplace complaints against legislators, and two different options were presented for consideration. One recommendation proposed a seven member committee that would serve both chambers. The membership would be comprised of four legislators, with one from each caucus and chamber, and the remaining three members consisting of an HR specialist, victim advocate, and employment law expert.
The other recommendation proposed a six member committee for each chamber, with three members appointed from the majority party and three from the minority party. These two committees would be empowered to consult wtih experts, but would not allow non-legislators as voting members.
Committee members discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the proposals, including terms, standards for recusal, gridlock, committee composition, how appointments would be made, use of expert testimony, differences and similarities between the two chambers, and attempts at de-politicizing the process. Members also discussed the overall limitations of this new panel and noted that nothing would prevent a legislator from sponsoring a resolution for censure or expulsion against another member. Another proposal was briefly discussed that suggested there be one panel for both chambers but comprised only of legislators.
The committee recessed for lunch.