California lawmakers approve revamp of sex misconduct policy
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A panel of California lawmakers has approved a new sexual misconduct policy that would task outside experts with substantiating claims and recommending discipline against perpetrators.
Lawmakers would still have the ultimate say on how to discipline their colleagues and employees.
The new process won’t be in fully place until 2019. Both chambers may need to pass a bill giving formal approval to the new policy, which would also create an investigative unit to handle claims.
Any investigations now under way will keep going through the existing process.
The new process is the result of months-long analysis by a legislative committee after nearly 150 women signed an open letter last fall calling out a pervasive culture of harassment at the Capitol. Three lawmakers have resigned.