December 1, 2017      4:57 PM
House adopts expanded sexual harassment policy
Complaints will be investigated by an impartial, and possibly outside, party. Rep. Koop, in particular, was concerned that the complaints be exempt from any requests for public information
House Administration on Friday approved an
expanded sexual harassment policy document, adding mandatory training of both
members and staff and promising a working committee to provide guidance as the
policy is implemented over the next two months.
The female members of the House were actively involved in
amendments to the draft policy circulated last week.
Reps. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and Linda Koop,
R-Dallas, spearheaded a conference call that added clarity to the complaint
process and made clear the prohibition of retaliation against anyone who files
a complaint against an employee or member.
“There is very little detail in the current policy,” House
ethics advisor John Schnautz told the
committee. “There’s a significant degree more here.”
By Kimberly Reeves