Senate President Pro Temp: The Legislature is still a safe place to work
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Senate President Pro Tem Bob Gray, R-Pierre, said even though both cases involved pages -- high school students who run errands for lawmakers -- the Legislature is not a dangerous place for young people to work.
"If I were a parent, would this give me pause? Perhaps. What I would tell parents is this is a good program," Gray said.
The Legislature this year took steps to make the page program safer by making sure the students are staying in appropriate accommodations, Gray said.
Lawmakers, pages and other legislative employees generally work hard and stay out of trouble, Gray said. "Evidently, there are some bad people there from time to time."
If you think about it, in both cases, the first being the incident of Dan Sutton and the page who shared his bed, and now the Klaudt case, they're not so much cases of abusing employees. In both instances, there were close family associations.
Not that it's going to matter to the public as a whole.