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Complaint says lawmaker acted inappropriately

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: House Speaker Scott Bedke says he addressed the complaints surrounding Rep. James Holtzclaw immediately during the 2017 legislative session.

Bedke said Tuesday in a phone interview that he could not disclose details surrounding the case, but said that the complaint was addressed.

Bedke says the situation was a learning experience for everyone.

Bedke and other legislative leaders are planning a sexual harassment training session for all 105 Idaho lawmakers when they convene in Boise in January. Lawmakers undergo training on a variety of topics every year – ranging from ethics to civility. This year legislative leaders are hoping not only lawmakers, but also lobbyists and other staffers attend to learn more about respectful working environments.

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An Idaho lawmaker was the subject of a complaint for allegedly making inappropriate comments to at least two people during the 2017 legislative session.

According to a heavily redacted document obtained by The Associated Press through a records request on Tuesday, Rep. James Holtzclaw made a woman feel uncomfortable and asked her if and how she used the social media Snapchat app. A separate person says they told Holtzclaw that his flirty comments would not be tolerated.

Neither person was identified in the document and their ages and positions were unclear.

Holtzclaw, a three-term Republican from Meridian, did not immediately return a request for comment.

The document was sent to House Speaker Scott Bedke, who then forwarded it to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.

A voicemail inbox for Bedke was full. He did not immediately respond to a text message Tuesday.

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