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Fri Jun 11, 2021, 06:10 AM

State House committee considers bill aimed at requiring sexual harassment settlements in the

State House committee considers bill aimed at requiring sexual harassment settlements in the Legislature be made public


A bill that would make some information about settlements regarding sexual harassment in the Legislature available to the public stirred discussion in the House Oversight Committee Thursday.

House Bill 4920, introduced by House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), states that “if a settlement agreement that provides for the payment of money is entered following a claim of sexual assault or sexual harassment committed by a legislator,” the Senate or House must make available the name of the legislator identified in the claim and the amount of the settlement.

Johnson said he hopes that the bill will be a preventative measure against sexual harassment and assault in the Capitol.

“Hopefully by doing this it will stop the problem. Hopefully these people will stop being re-elected, hopefully people will stop offending and we don’t even have to deal with this,” Johnson said. “I think that probably the end intent here is not just to make sure that they’re held accountable, but to make sure that there aren’t future victims as well.”

Read more: https://www.michiganadvance.com/2021/06/10/state-house-committee-considers-bill-aimed-at-requiring-sexual-harassment-settlements-in-the-legislature-be-made-public/

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