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After a dramatic and tearful day in early March, lawmakers voted out one of their own. Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock was the first lawmaker expelled in 103 years after allegations of sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation from five women, were found to be credible.

But that wasn't the end.

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A vote scheduled for the Colorado House of Representatives today could determine Rep. Steve Lebsock's future and members are currently making statements. Following our reporting last November, an outside investigator found that allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation leveled against Lebsock from five individuals were credible.

House Democrats have pushed for a vote to remove Lebsock from office. But some in the House question the methods of the investigation that is the lynchpin of that effort. Some worry that the punishment is too extreme for someone accused of such misconduct.

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Steve Lebsock for Colorado State Treasurer

Tensions were high at Colorado's Capitol Thursday as Democrats and Republicans discussed whether to expel Rep. Steve Lebsock, who has staunchly denied allegations of sexual harassment.

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(Updated at 4:47 p.m.) Saying a report has confirmed multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Democrats in Colorado’s House of Representatives have moved to expel one of their own -- Rep. Steve Lebsock. It is an unprecedented move as Senate Republicans who have faced confirmed reports of sexual harassment at the Capitol continue to serve.

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A third woman has filed a formal complaint against Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton for sexual harassment.  Former legislative aide Cassie Tanner said a 28-page letter he gave to his fellow house members trying to defend himself and denying all allegations motivated her to do so. On Tuesday he released a YouTube video and Tanner said that was another deciding factor.

A top legal expert said Lebsock's letter was retaliatory because it released sensitive information to try to discredit the complainant. 

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The Capitol is set to hire an independent human resources person in the wake of numerous harassment allegations. It’s not yet clear what role the new HR person would play, but it may take any formal complaints or investigations out of the hands of legislative leadership.

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Steve Lebsock, the state representative accused of sexual misconduct, has again gone on the offensive, this time to say that he's taken a lie detector test that clears him of any wrongdoing. A fellow Democrat, Rep. Faith Winter, is among two women to file formal complaints alleging sexual harassment against Lebsock, who is also campaigning to be Colorado's next treasurer. Lebsock has repeatedly said he deserves the chance to face his accuser and took the test because he said the complaint process is progressing too slowly.

“After waiting 26 days waiting to hear from the fact finder, I decided to get my story out,” said Lebsock at a press conference he arranged near his office across the street from the Capitol Thursday. “All of the allegations are false and I am willing to do a polygraph on all the false allegations.”

Photos Courtesy of the Office of Steve Lebsock/Office of Matt Gray

A state lawmaker has drafted legislation to remove Rep. Steve Lebsock from office as Lebosck has refused calls for his resignation. It sets the stage for a battle, as allegations of sexual harassment continue at the Colorado Capitol. Lebsock is a Democrat running for state treasurer.

Rep. Matt Gray, also a Democrat, said he will introduce a resolution when lawmakers return to the legislature in January. Gray said he believes the accounts of the women who first accused Lebsock in our stories last month. 

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Westminster Rep. Faith Winter and other women who’ve worked at Colorado’s capitol have their #MeToo moments.

That movement began in early October when allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood filmmaker Harvey Weinstein resulted in women coming forward with their stories about harassment by powerful men in a variety of workplaces, including NPR.

Winter and others came forward publicly to KUNC this month, alleging at least three male lawmakers had engaged in sexual harassment.

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New claims of sexual harassment have been brought up at the Colorado legislature involving Sens. Randy Baumgardner and Jack Tate. Both, in comments to us, strongly deny any wrongdoing, although they refused to answer our specific questions directly.

Megan Creeden, an intern who was 25 at the time, told us she had  uncomfortable encounters with Baumgardner during the 2016 legislative session. She said Baumgardner  pressured her to drink with him in his office and she didn’t want to be with him in his office alone because she didn’t know him.

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