Governor Mark Dayton said he will propose legislation this upcoming session to establish a central administrative body within the Executive Branch to better combat and prevent sexual harassment.

Former District 23B state Representative Tony Cornish stepped down last month after sexual misconduct allegations.

The decision comes after the release of a report from state officials that reviewed state agencies’ policies and procedures on sexual harassment.

Dayton said the report shows more must be done to improve the quality of the state’s workplace and to ensure that sexual harassment violations are treated consistently across all agencies.

Dayton added that the new body will be responsible for ensuring stronger protections against sexual harassment, more immediate responses to complaints and more consistent consequences for offenders.

The issue was brought front and center after Vernon Center State Representative Tony Cornish and Minnesota state Senator Dan Schoen both resigned in Dcemeber in the wake of accusations of sexual misconduct.