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Relating to a prohibition against the appropriation of money to settle or pay a sexual harassment claim made against certain members of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of state government.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 282 would prohibit the Legislature from appropriating money or a state agency from using appropriated money to settle or pay a sexual harassment claim made against an elected member of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of state government or a person appointed by the governor to serve as a member of a department, commission, board, or another public office within the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of state government.
Texas Action supports SB 282 because it would prevent wasteful government spending. If the situation ever arises, individuals against whom sexual harassment claims are made should be responsible to settle the claim themselves. Appropriating public money would create a perverse incentive and devalue the personal responsibility of the harassers.