House Sexual Harassment Legislation Still Being Developed

Goal is to release bill next week, says House Administration Committee chairman

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., chairman on the House Administration Committee, says legislation to update sexual harassment procedures is still in development. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper said Wednesday that a measure updating sexual harassment procedures he had planned to introduce this week is still being fine-tuned but that he’s hopeful it will be ready for release early next week.

If he can meet that new due date, a markup on the measure could be held later that week, the Mississippi Republican said.

“The goal is to get it passed out of the House before the end of January,” he added.

Harper said the bill authors are continuing to meet with various stakeholders and members as they finalize the legislation.

“We want to make sure that we don’t have any unintended consequences,” he said.

“We’re focusing, too, on how we encourage prevention so we don’t have to deal with this in the future, but if we do, to deal with it in the right way,” Harper added.

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