The Maryland House of Delegates on Monday unanimously approved reforms to the process for investigating sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers, legislative staffers and lobbyists.
Del. Ariana Kelly, who leads the House women’s caucus, said the policy was borne out of conversations among five female lawmakers in 2016, when “we realized we had some shared, similar experiences” with harassment around the State House. Their efforts gained momentum with the #MeToo movement, she said.
“We realized there were things we could do better to prevent sexual harassment,” she said on the House floor.
The proposed legislation requires the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics to hire an independent counsel if a person is the subject of multiple accusations.