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Edwards creates group to study sexual harassment policies

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By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards is creating a seven-member study group to review Louisiana's policies for handling sexual misconduct claims, after one of his top aides resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Edwards' executive order , released Wednesday, requires all executive branch agencies to review their own policies and submit a report on them by Jan. 1.

The task force members then are charged with combing through those policies, evaluating their effectiveness and suggesting changes. The study group owes its recommendations to Edwards by March 1.

The legislative auditor is doing a similar review.

Edwards' executive order comes after Johnny Anderson left his job as the Democratic governor's deputy chief of staff last month, in response to accusations of sexual harassment.

No specific claim has been released publicly. Anderson denies wrongdoing.

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