ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new report says the state of Minnesota has paid out more than $700,000 to settle seven sexual harassment complaints in executive branch agencies over the past six years.

The report Friday from the state budget office says 266 sexual harassment complaints were filed in the executive branch. More than half were substantiated.

The data comes alongside a recommendation to establish an independent office to receive and investigate sexual harassment complaints.

Gov. Mark Dayton ordered a review of state policies late last year after two state legislators were accused of sexual misconduct. Both men resigned.

Friday's report didn't examine policies in the Legislature.

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