Baker looks to establish sexual assault online reporting system at Pa. universities

Baker looks to establish sexual assault online reporting system at Pa. universities

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) is one state lawmaker who hopes to protect victims of sexual assault and make it easier for them to report incidents on college campuses.
 
As part of Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us initiative to prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses, Baker has introduced a bill that would establish an online reporting system for instances of sexual harassment and assault on postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania. 
Friday, February 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Democrats reveal plan to combat workplace harassment, discrimination

Democrats reveal plan to combat workplace harassment, discrimination

Pennsylvania Democrats are hoping that one of their latest legislative packages will help curb discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus released a seven-pronged plan earlier this week that aims to make work a fear-free environment for Pennsylvanians.

 

Titled “Work Without Fear – It’s Your Right,” the Democratic plan aspires to give both workers and companies the resources they need to limit harassment and discrimination. Democrats will include measures to require interactive harassment and discrimination training for all employees, interns and volunteers across the state, as well as proposals to help protect employee rights in the workplace.

Friday, February 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - January 21, 2018

Tweets of the Week - January 21, 2018

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, January 25, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Much ado about rules: Cutler tackles sexual harassment, amendment filibusters in rule changes

Much ado about rules: Cutler tackles sexual harassment, amendment filibusters in rule changes

Newly minted House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) pushed through a slew of rule changes on his first day as floor leader Jan. 1, the largest since the bipartisan rules reform commission just over a decade ago.

“If you’ve followed me in anyway, I tend to shoot big,” he said.

Among the changes include a revised policy on sexual harassment discipline for, a new committee with subpoena power over the executive branch, and a ban on so-called ghost amendments, a loophole which let members tack hundreds of amendments onto bills to effectively kill the legislation.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
House leadership discussing rule changes on harassment as legislative fix looks uncertain

House leadership discussing rule changes on harassment as legislative fix looks uncertain

Both House caucuses Thursday said their respective leadership teams have discussed chamber rule changes to create a standard policy on harassment, as a bill to change the law itself on Capitol complaints appeared stalled.

House Republican spokesperson Steve Miskin said that the changes around sexual harassment would apply to both staffers and members could be implemented soon.

“We’ve been in very strong discussion with Democratic leaders in changing House Rules and having a unified policy,” Miskin said.

Thursday, September 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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