Christopher said her office also "received information from a couple of sources" in recent days that is under investigation. While members of the public and the press are barred from or limited in their access to the Senate floor, both can observe Senate proceedings at all times from a side aisle or upper balconies, all of which offer unobstructed views of the chamber.
Senate proceedings are also videotaped and livestreamed for anyone to watch.
Another cause for the sanction was Kruse's continuing to smoke cigarettes in his Capitol office despite being fined by regulators, Courtney said.
Gelser's reports of harassment came as women nationwide are raising their voices about unwanted contact.She said it wasn't the first time she saw Kruse, who has been in the Legislature more than 20 years, inappropriately touch a woman in the Capitol.Burdick cited another incident several years ago, in which she said Kruse inappropriately touched a female staff member on the Senate floor. She said Kruse's contact with women has been a "chronic problem" in the Capitol.This post has been modified to reflect the following: On Oct.24, 2017, The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported that then-Rep.