Governor Signs Marc Levine Bill Mandating Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Lobbyists
(Sacramento, CA) – In the latest step toward a sexual harassment-free state Capitol, Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill by Assemblymember Marc Levine to require lobbyists to receive sexual harassment training.
“We need to make sure that everyone who does business in the Capitol understands what we mean by our zero-tolerance policy,” said Assemblymember Levine, D-Marin. “Mandated training is an effective method of getting that message across.”
The bill, AB 2055, enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support in both the State Assembly and State Senate.
It is one of several steps the Legislature has taken since the start of the #MeToo anti-harassment movement. Last October, more than 140 female legislators, lobbyists, consultants, and others signed an open letter condemning the culture of enabling harassment and assault in the capitol community. The movement sparked an outpouring of stories from many survivors about their experiences with sexual harassment involving various individuals in California politics and government.
Assembly Bill 2055 by Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County, requires lobbyist’s ethics courses to include information on State Assembly and Senate policies against harassment, including sexual harassment, in connection with lobbying activities.
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Assemblymember Marc Levine represents the 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.