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Members of the New York state Senate appear on the floor of the Senate chamber during a special legislative session at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 1. 

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's a new proposal to overhaul government sexual harassment policies in New York state.

The Senate's Republican majority announced the measure Tuesday. Sponsored by Republican Sen. Catharine Young, the legislation would create a new, uniform policy prohibiting harassment at all levels of state and local government. A newly formed independent office would be tasked with investigating complaints.

The proposal would also prohibit confidential harassment settlements — unless the victim asks that their name be kept private — and allow government to recoup the cost of settlements between victims and a state employee.

Young's proposal would also make changes when it comes to private companies by prohibiting employment contracts that mandate arbitration of sexual harassment claims.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill as early as next week.