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Don’t Rush New Sexual Harassment Policies, Some Women Lawmakers Warn

[governing.com]

One of the top agenda items for state legislatures next year will be to address the rampant sexual harassment in state capitols. Lawmakers in more than a dozen states have been accused of sexual harassment — or worse — since the #metoo movement took off in mid-October.

But several women in the Illinois legislature, which has already passed new laws in response to the outcry, caution that lawmakers should take their time when writing new sexual harassment policies.

“When you’re in crisis mode, you tend to move quickly. I don’t necessarily think crisis-legislating makes the best policy,” says Illinois state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, who is also the incoming president for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Her advice to lawmakers in other states?

“I would suggest that you invest the time to really dig in. We’re not going to solve this overnight –there’s no need for bills overnight,” she says. “Realize this has to last beyond the next couple of news cycles. It’s that important, that meaningful and that worth it.”

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  1. AJ

    “When you’re in crisis mode, you tend to move quickly. I don’t necessarily think crisis-legislating makes the best policy,” says Illinois state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, who is also the incoming president for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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    Hmmm….too bad this thought process didn’t/doesn’t apply to RC laws.

  2. Brian

    @AJ
    I’m sure they will find some way to apply it to RC’s or stick it in some law and try and apply it illegaly like everything else they come up with.

  3. Tim Moore

    Fine, when there is a terrible sex crime, grab the parents by the arms and fly them to the capitol asap and get a bill passed, any bill that will heave more punishment on all registrants. Who cares if it is best policy, got to make laws while the news story is hot.
    But when the elites are accused of harassment, let’s take our time and be rational.

  4. Brian

    Or just ignore it all together Or act like it never happened like the hire ups in charge if you know who I mean.

  5. CR

    Words are important. Punctuation is important. I get that some people aren’t ace grammarians or champion spellers, and I know many people use cell phones that “correct” their spelling whether they want it to or not. (Check your phone… you have control over that.)

    I’m generally polite about such things, and I’m willing to cut a lot of slack to speakers because I’m much more interested in what they have to say than how they say it. But failure to correct gross errors like “hire ups” when you mean “higher ups” is evidence that the speaker doesn’t give a shit about the readability of his comments.

    Kindly pay more attention in the future.

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