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Amid Harassment Claims, Louisiana Elections Chief Re-emerges

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Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler has returned to the state capitol for the first time since a lawsuit alleged he sexually harassed one of his employees for a decade.

Schedler, Louisiana's top elections official, appeared before the House Appropriations Committee for a budget hearing Tuesday. His attendance came less than a week after he publicly rejected calls to resign but said he won't run for re-election next year.

Schedler's budget hearing was brief. None of the lawmakers asked questions about the sexual harassment allegations or the pending lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims Schedler harassed a woman who worked in his office for years and punished her when she rebuffed repeated advances. At a press conference last week, the Republican didn't respond directly to the allegations but called the lawsuit "unfair."