HARRISBURG DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Over the last year we’ve seen a number of sexual misconduct allegations against Pennsylvania lawmakers. Now… There’s a renewed call to change the way those allegations are handled. Harrisburg Reporter Matt Heckel has the details.
“Women need to feel safe, and men, if they have been victimized. They need to feel safe. They need to be heard” Said Representative Leanne Krueger. Krueger is the main sponsor of House Bill1000.
Along with a companion bill in the State Senate it’s known as the “Hashtag Me Too General Assembly Act.”
It would ban non-disclosure agreements and ban the use of taxpayer dollars to settle sexual misconduct cases involving general assembly members. It’s similar to a bill that was discussed in the house labor and industry committee last year.
“And there was zero opposition. Only support,” Said Representative Krueger
The bill was never brought to a vote in that committee with then Majority Chair Rob Kauffman criticizing lawmakers he said were using the Me Too movement to score political points.
“This committee will not be used as a prop in anyone’s partisan political activities,” Noted Representative Kauffman, (R) Former Chair, House Labor & Industry Committee.
This time around Representative Krueger believes things will be different with a new chair of the labor and industry committee as well as a wave of new female lawmakers voted into office last November.
“Ultimately, we need to make sure the capitol is a safe place for victims to have a place to come forward. And as of today, it is not a safe place to have those complaints” Said, Representative Krueger.