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Lawmakers Propose Longer Window For Sexual Misconduct Claims

Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, speaks at the Capitol Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

California lawmakers leading a review of sexual harassment policies have proposed their first change, after an outcry over widespread misconduct in Sacramento.

Assemblywomen Laura Friedman and Eloise Gómez Reyes—both Democrats—announced they’ll introduce legislation with Republican Assemblywoman Marie Waldron. All three of the members serve on a subcommittee looking into pervasive sexual misconduct.

Their first hearing last week detailed a circuitous complaint process, which several victims testified they were unfamiliar with when they were subjected to abuse. That includes the ability to seek help from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The legislation would lengthen the timeframe victims of abuse have to file complaints with the state agency—extending beyond the current one year.

The lawmakers say they will file the bill when the Legislature returns in January.

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio 

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