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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri House members and staff must now undergo annual sexual-harassment training following allegations that a former lawmaker sexually harassed interns and another exchanged sexual texts with one.

A House panel voted 6-1 Thursday to implement the policy change. It’s the only vote needed to enact the requirement.

The Administration and Accounts Committee also expanded who is required to report alleged harassment.

The training requirement comes months after former Democratic Sen. Paul LeVota resigned amid allegations that he sexually harassed interns, which LeVota has denied. It also follows the resignation of former Republican House Speaker John Diehl after he admitted to exchangng sexually charged text messages with an intern.

Lawmakers and others have generally praised the policy change and related ones the committee adopted as a step forward.