One California legislator wants to make sure taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for politicians accused of sexual harassment.
Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty says the current system isn’t fair and he plans to introduce a bill in January to make lawmakers pay when they are sued for harassment and not the taxpayers.
“Why do we let the violator skate free? We should be proactively going and trying to claw back those monies to one, reimburse the taxpayer and two, potentially prevent this in the future by making violators know there’s going to some financial accountability. Some people have suggested you don’t pay out at all. But that would mean some people who are harmed, harassed, have zero recourse.”
McCarty says he is also supporting whistle-blower protections, a whistle-blower hotline and independent, third-party investigations, which are policies that have been backed by We Said Enough, a nonprofit group formed to tackle harassment in California politics, and the legislative women’s caucus.
McCarty was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News