The #MeToo movement fell flat in the Pennsylvania legislature

Despite sexual misconduct scandals in both chambers, leadership will remain largely unchanged.

The state capitol building in Harrisburg

The state capitol building in Harrisburg

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Sarah Anne Hughes

Updated 8:26 a.m.

HARRISBURG — The General Assembly adjourned for the final time this session without any meaningful movement on #MeToo legislation, despite the fact that several of the body’s own members have faced accusations of sexual misconduct.

In the wake of those scandals, leadership on both sides of the aisle will remain largely unchanged.

There were no votes on a package of bills offered by Democrats that would offer greater sexual harassment protections and accountability in state government. The legislation, which was offered in both the House and Senate, would ban non-disclosure agreements that hide the names of accused lawmakers and forbid the use of taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment claims against elected officials.

While the Republican chair of the Labor and Industry Committee, Rep. Rob Kauffman, initially supported the House bill, he withdrew his support after accusing Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky of politicizing the issue. Kauffman refused to allow Krueger-Braneky to respond to the accusation during a committee hearing.