Should findings of Colorado lawmaker’s sexual harassment inquiry be made public?

The Denver Post: The Republican leader tasked with determining whether to punish a state senator for alleged sexual harassment is facing tough questions about whether the outcome of the investigation will be made public.

Senate President Kevin Grantham on Monday disputed suggestions that the outcome of the credible complaint against Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, will remain private — even as he declined to promise to release it.

An outside investigation verified a complaint against Baumgardner that he allegedly slapped and grabbed the buttocks of a legislative aide multiple times during the 2016 legislative session.

Grantham — along with the Senate majority and minority leader — are now deciding whether the complaint merits disciplinary action, which ranges from nothing to expulsion. But the General Assembly’s workplace harassment policy does not state whether the disciplinary action will become public.

Grantham suggested that the idea that “this would be hidden at all costs — that is just simply not true.”

Pressed on whether he would make it public, Grantham did not commit. “I can’t say one way or the other on that,” he replied.

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