The Republican-controlled state Senate on Monday approved a collection of provisions aimed at reforming the state’s sexual harassment laws and procedures.

The bill was approved 56-2, with the dissenting votes cast by Democratic Sens. Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman, who had wanted planks such as a ban on confidential settlements involving taxpayer funds to be stronger and have more protections for survivors.

Still, the lead Republican sponsor of the bill, Sen. Cathy Young, noted the bill approved on Monday was part of an ongoing push for reform that includes similar proposals contained in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $168 billion budget.

“In recent months, those simple yet powerful words have become a rallying cry for women and men who have been victims of sexual harassment,” Young said. “Their courage has awoken America to the stunning magnitude of the problem and created an overwhelming demand for change, not only in our culture, but in our laws. While egregious cases from Hollywood and the media industry have garnered the most attention, millions of workers across the board in public and private settings need and deserve to have safeguards.”

In addition to a new prohibition on secret settlements, the bill would create a uniform definition of sexual harassment based on federal regulations, block mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment complaints and standardized the process of reporting for all branches of state government.

While the nation has been grappling with the fallout and societal shift on sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace, Albany has had its own share of bad behavior by lawmakers and top aides. Multiple lawmakers from both parties in recent years have left office under a cloud of accusations, including Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Angela Wozniak, Steve McLaughlin and Micah Kellner.

A former economic development official in the Cuomo administration, former Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, is being sued for sexual harassment.

In the Senate, Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein was accused earlier this year of forcibly kissing a former staffer. The matter is under review by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, a move Klein called for after the allegation was first made public. Klein has said he backs changes to sexual harassment policy has proposed by Cuomo.