Lobbyist says she’s been harassed by current Palestinian lawmakers, wants lawmakers to change rules on wrongdoing

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HARRISBURG — A lobbyist for one of Pennsylvania’s most influential labor unions says a sitting House lawmaker sexually harassed her, and she’s calling on lawmakers to expand internal rules governing who can file complaints of misconduct.

Andi Perez, who is campaigning on behalf of the Service Employees International Union 32BJ in Harrisburg, made the allegation Friday in Philadelphia during a hearing organized by new House Speaker Mark Rozzi, D-Berks.

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Rozzi has scheduled a series of public meetings to seek feedback on the state house’s operating procedures, while the party has become deadlocked as to which political party controls the chamber. The sessions offer Pennsylvanians a rare opportunity to engage directly with the rules, which most years pass quickly at the beginning of each new legislative session.