Contrite Speaker Retools NY Assembly Sex Harassment Rules

Law360, New York (May 20, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT) -- Torched by criticism for brokering a secret deal that kept a lecherous colleague in office — but still holding on to power — top New York Democrat Sheldon Silver on Monday unveiled a new sexual harassment policy for the State Assembly and said he would introduce a bill to ban confidential settlements. 

An apologetic Silver made the announcement after Brooklyn Democrat Vito Lopez, whose harassment of female staffers led to a confidential $103,000 settlement, finally was forced to quit Friday or face expulsion.  

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