|Posted:||January 4, 2021 10:59 AM|
|From:||Senator Maria Collett and Sen. Katie J. Muth, Sen. Lindsey M. Williams, Sen. Timothy P. Kearney, Sen. Steven J. Santarsiero, Sen. Amanda M. Cappelletti, Sen. Carolyn T. Comitta, Sen. John I. Kane, Sen. Nikil Saval|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||The Creation of the #MeToo in Pennsylvania General Assembly Act|
|Since 2017, there have been far too many reports of instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault across our nation including here at home. Whether these reports came from instances by members of Congress, members of state legislatures, or by officials on the local level nationwide, the #MeToo Movement has not only been instrumental in raising awareness of this epidemic, but also instrumental in highlighting the lack of a formal process for victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault to successfully report their harassment and assault and seek the protections necessary to effectively address this issue.
This legislation was previously introduced as SB 480 in the 2019-2020 session and is companion legislation to an identical bill offered by Rep. Kreuger in the House.
As you may recall, the reforms introduced in the bill from last session included:
It is our belief that is it time for the General Assembly of this great Commonwealth to be the leader in this area and to advance measures that protect legislators, staff, employees, and other stakeholders who work with our legislative body.
Please join us in co-sponsoring this crucial legislation.
Introduced as SB509