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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 5, 2019 09:49 AM
From: Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill and Sen. Katie J. Muth
To: All Senate members
Subject: Sexual Harassment Accountability Act for the General Assembly and Public Officials
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation to reform current procedures in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and for all public officials in dealing with allegations of sexual harassment. We must ensure that we are protecting victims, as well as fulfilling our responsibility to protect taxpayers.

Due process is essential for the accused and this legislation will not infringe on that right.

This legislation will, however, require that a liable party be held accountable to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania, and require that they repay any costs and/or fees associated with their representation that were paid with taxpayer dollars.

The citizens of Pennsylvania should not be held financially accountable for the personal misconduct of any employee of this Commonwealth, especially when that wrongdoing relates to sexual harassment and misconduct.

I hope you will join us in supporting this important legislation.