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De León Slow-Walked Sexual Harassment Legislation in CA State Senate

As head of the State Senate appropriations committee, de León blocked protections for Capitol workers who alleged sexual harassment.

By NTK Staff | 07.16.2018 @4:00pm
De León Slow-Walked Sexual Harassment Legislation in CA State Senate

In the years prior to the explosion of the #MeToo movement in late 2017, California State Senate pro Tempore Kevin de León, now a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, inexplicably blocked sexual harassment legislation that would have held state representatives accountable for their actions.

The Republican bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, would have protected whistleblowers and accusers when they came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against legislators.

During his chairmanship on the Appropriations Committee, the committee voted unanimously to table the bill.

The bill never came up for a vote, until the #MeToo backlash forced Democratic leaders to consider it.

“De León, who chaired the Appropriations Committee in 2014 when the bill first died without a public vote, was unavailable for comment, his office said,” The San Francisco Chronicle’s Melody Gutierrez wrote in November.

The Chronicle reported in February that de León never commented on his delay of the bill. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, I think it was appropriate to release the measure and make the bill a better bill, because we added the sexual harassment component,” de León explained, not touching on the bill’s previous provisions.

The Senate candidate’s former roommate, lawmaker Tony Mendoza, went down amid the #MeToo backlash under a wave of sexual harassment allegations.

De León won the state Democratic Party endorsement for Senate over incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) this weekend.

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