Sexual Misconduct

In response to #MeToo, Maryland legislature to change how it polices sexual harassment

In response to #MeToo, Maryland legislature to change how it polices sexual harassment

In response to the national #MeToo movement, the Maryland General Assembly unanimously approved reforms to how it handles the reporting and investigating of sexual harassment allegations within the halls of the State House.

The bill that now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan calls for requiring a legislative ethics committee to tap an independent investigator when lawmakers are accused of harassment more than once. If passed, the measure would forbid legislators from using state funds to pay for any claims of proven harassment and would allow them to be expelled from the Assembly for findings of sexual impropriety.

“This legislation is important for moving this state forward for...

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