– Rep. Charity Grimm Krupa (R-Fayette) has introduced legislation to hold Pennsylvania’s public officials accountable for sexual assault settlements. House Bill 1948
would allow the Commonwealth to seek reimbursement from anyone whose improper and unlawful actions result in settlements or judgments paid by the Commonwealth.
Grimm Krupa issued this statement following the bill’s introduction:
“Taxpayer money should not be used for settling allegations of sexual assault by our public officials. My bill would send a clear message to all public servants that sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and those responsible will be required to take personal responsibility for the financial consequences of their actions.
“As of now, the worst of our public officials feel like they can get away with these disgusting acts because they aren’t footing the bill - the taxpayers are. The cost of their failure to conduct themselves appropriately should not be covered by innocent taxpayers while they resign to enjoy their tax-funded pensions and salaries.
“This bill would ensure the perpetrators of these horrific acts don’t get off scot-free. If this bill gets passed, we can make certain taxpayers stop losing hard-earned money for the actions of rotten officials and staffers. Let’s bring transparency and accountability back into public office.”