Krueger-Braneky thanks Philadelphia, Pittsburgh city councils for support of the #METOO Bill

HARRISBURG, March 15 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky today issued the following statement regarding the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia city councils’ recent unanimous adoption of resolutions urging state legislators to support the #METOO Bill and calling for swift action on the bill:

“I’m grateful to the members of the Pittsburgh City Council and the Philadelphia City Council for supporting H.B. 1965 and understanding the need to hold those who harass people accountable and create a better environment for everyone working at the state Capitol.

"The councils’ resolutions reinforce the urgency of this work. As more reports of harassment have come to light, it’s become clear that our current system does not support victims of sexual harassment. We need to take action now to ensure a fair and transparent system for handling complaints, independent of politics. H.B. 1965 would create an independent Office of Compliance and require that an independent investigator follow up on any complaint made by a staffer in the state Capitol, among other reforms.

"I’m calling on House leadership to move quickly on H.B. 1965 and a package of related bills introduced by women of the Pennsylvania House and Senate. These measures will help us end the culture of fear and harassment and make sure victims know that when they speak up, they will be heard.”