The Arizona State House of Representatives released a report Tuesday on sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Don Shooter, who will be removed from all committee assignments immediately.
A release from House Speaker J.D. Mesnard said Shooter will face censure, a formal condemnation, on the House floor for his behavior, as well.
According to the release, Mesnard will propose a formal anti-harassment policy, as well as a formal behavioral code for all representatives developed by a bipartisan panel.
Mesnard also intends to formalize a human resources department, the release said.
Finally, drinking alcohol on House premises will be prohibited.
Shooter released a statement after the House released it's findings, saying it's been a "humbling and eye-opening experience" for him.
“I am reviewing the report released by Speaker Mesnard today in connection with the investigation I requested. Although I have not finished reading it, I want to thank my colleagues for their patience and professionalism during this process.
I also want to thank the investigators, Craig Morgan and Lindsay Hesketh from the law firm Sherman & Howard. With so much at stake for so many, their task was no doubt challenging. I appreciate the seriousness with which they approached their assignment.
This has been a humbling and eye-opening experience for me. I look forward to working to repair relationships and serving my constituents and our great State.I will have no further comment. Thank you.”
Shooter also levied a complaint against Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, but the investigation found no credible evidence that she violated House policy.
Ugenti-Rita and several others accused Shooter of sexual harassment last year.