Missouri House Republicans get first look at proposed intern policies

Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Missouri’s House Republican caucus has conducted an initial review of proposed changes to the chamber’s intern policy, following House Speaker John Diehl’s May resignation amid reports that he exchanged sexually suggestive texts with a 19-year-old intern.

Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, is leading a panel looking at the House’s policies on college interns. The panel outlined possible changes last week in a report to the closed-door summer caucus of House Republicans. The report is being shown to House Democrats, but it’s not being made public yet, Engler said.

Since Diehl’s resignation, Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, has also resigned in the wake of female interns accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Engler said the panel will establish more restrictive policies regarding communication between interns and lawmakers, including some electronic communications standards, protocols and clear boundaries on personal responsibilities.

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