DENVER (AP) - The Latest on workplace harassment sanctions against Colorado Republican Sen. Randy Baumgardner[1] (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Colorado Senate[2] Democrats are protesting punishment meted out to a Republican lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Democrat Leroy Garcia, the Senate[3]’s minority leader, was told - not consulted - about the sanctions by GOP Senate President Kevin Grantham. That’s according to Mansur Gidfar, a spokesman for Senate[4] Democrats.

Gidfar said Thursday that Senate[5] Democrats continue to demand that Baumgardner[6] resign.

Grantham stripped Baumgardner[7] of committee assignments following new allegations of sexual and workplace harassment against women.

Baumgardner[8] survived an April 2 vote to expel him for allegedly groping a former legislative aide.

Baumgardner[9] has denied wrongdoing.


11 a.m.A Colorado state Republican senator has been stripped of his committee assignments following new allegations of sexual and workplace harassment.Sen. Randy Baumgardner[10] was sanctioned after an independent investigator found credible claims by eight people that he created a hostile work environment during the 2016 session.Senate[11] President Kevin Grantham announced the decision in a letter to legislative leaders on Wednesday. The letter was released Thursday.KUNC-FM first reported the claims - and earlier claims that Baumgardner[12] groped a former legislative aide in 2016. That case led to a failed Senate[13] vote to expel him on April 2.Baumgardner[14], who represents several northwestern Colorado counties, wasn’t at the Capitol Thursday and wasn’t immediately available to comment.He had denied wrongdoing.

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