From the Morning Memo:

The first sexual harassment hearing in more than 25 years in Albany could lead to changes in current policy and law, with lawmakers considering an end to the “severe and pervasive” definition.

“The New York state human rights law has myriad barriers for people who have sexual harassment claims,” said Miriam Clark, of the National Employment Lawyers Association. “For one thing, it’s not considered harassment unless it’s severe and pervasive.”

At the same time, the New York City human rights law could be a model for what can be adopted on the state level.

And replacing that standard with a more broad definition of harassment is backed by state lawmakers who want to see a bill passed this session.

“This would impact everyone,” said Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Queens Democrat. “What we’ve seen is the standard is pretty arbitrary, way too high, and doesn’t allow for victims to come forward.”

The day-long hearing, which began at 10 a.m. and stretched into the evening hours, featured testimony from survivors and victims of harassment, assault and sexual misconduct while working for state government. The Sexual Harassment Working Group, testifying jointly, had called for the hearing after last year’s sexual harassment law they said fell short.

Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, a Bronx Democrat who co-chaired the hearing, has not ruled out additional hearings on the issue.