Capitol reporters ask Legislature to release harassment records routinely

Last month, legislative leaders broke from their custom of keeping records about sexual harassment in the Capitol secret when they released a decade of documents about misconduct by lawmakers and high-level staff. But in the weeks since, reporters who cover the state Capitol have faced a mishmash of responses when we’ve sought additional harassment records from the Legislature—including long delays for some reporters.

The Legislature’s inconsistency makes it harder for journalists to give Californians timely information about your government.

So the Capitol Correspondents Association of California—which represents reporters who cover the statehouse—today sent a letter to the Legislature’s leaders asking for an improved and consistent system for releasing information about substantiated cases of sexual harassment. The association is asking the Legislature to proactively release records on such cases on a public web site, so that not only reporters will have access to it but voters will as well. Read the letter here:

https://calmatters.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/03/Capitol-Correspondents-Association-Letter-on-Harassment-Records.pdf

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