#MeToo movement wants swifter action

Capitol News

ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Leaders of the #MeToo movement in the state say they’re not satisfied with the development of harassment legislation this session.

A bill which gained momentum last month is moving slower than advocates thought it would. The leaders say the delay is disheartening.

In an interview with the Center for Politics, women from Illinois Say No More said watching the bill’s movement this session has been “like a slap in the face.”

In 2017, the group wrote an open letter stating there was a culture of harassment taking place in state politics.

Last month, Senators overwhelmingly passed the Workplace Transparency Act. The bill aims to limit the use of confidentiality agreements which could deter workers from reporting harassment.

The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault supports the bill and says non-disclosures should never be used as a way to keep victims quiet.

Former Senator Daniel Biss accused Speaker Michael Madigan of trying to kill the bill and claims a spokesperson for the speaker said he had no comment.

With session getting closer to the finish line, supporters of the bill hope the House can come to an agreement and get the bill passed.

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