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The California state Senate yesterday (Monday) approved an Inland Empire legislator's bill banning secret settlements in cases of sexual assualt and harassment.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

A group of Olympic gymnasts who have come forward with stories of being sexually assaulted by team doctor Larry Nassar are supporting a California bill they say would help protect people from abusive doctors.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

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The California assemblywoman who's led the #MeToo movement in Sacramento is speaking out for the first time about the sexual harassment allegations against her, and her remarks - aired on The California Report on KVCR yesterday (Tuesday) - are causing more controversy.  All of this occurs as the investigation into those allegations continues.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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The California Senate responded differently in recent weeks to sexual harassment allegations against two of its lawmakers, Tony Mendoza and Bob Hertzberg.  A leading California human resources expert says the  investigative findings justified the disparate treatments - but in both cases finds fault with Senate leadership.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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The California state legislator known as "Huggy Bear" - San Fernando Valley Democrat Bob Hertzberg - is no longer allowed to initiate hugs, but he will be allowed to keep his job.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

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A woman who worked in the California state Senate says she was raped in December, 2016, and fired from her job last year as she struggled with the psychological effects of the attack.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

A California lawmaker resigned yesterday (Thursday) following an investigation into sexual harassment claims from six women.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola reports.

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An outside investigation finds it "more likely than not" that California state Senator Tony Mendoza engaged in inappropriate behavior with six different women.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital  Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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There's a new, on-the-record sexual harassment allegation against California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia - one of the #MeToo movement's most prominent voices at the state Capitol.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A leading voice of the #MeToo movement at the California state Capitol - Los Angeles County Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia - faces further allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate workplace behavior.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Los Angeles County Democrat Tony Mendoza is on leave from the California state Senate during an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.  But that's not stopping him from introducing bills ahead of a Friday deadline.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler Reports.

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Whistleblower protections for legislative staff who report harassment or abuse at the California Capitol - written by Lake Elsinore GOP Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez - have finally passed both houses of the Legislature and are on their way to Governor Jerry Brown's desk for his signature.  More from KQED's Tara Siler.

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The California Legislature finally appears set to enact whistleblower protections for legislative employees - and in some cases, even lobbyists.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Hundreds of California lawmakers and Sacramento politicos partied hard at last night (Thursday) at the annual Tribal Bash.  That's the big "welcome back" celebration thrown by Natvie American tribes at the start of each yer's legislative session.  But this year, amid the #MeToo movement, organizers made some pretty big changes -- even at the very last minute.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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The California Senate has rolled out a new process for handling complaints of sexual harassment that the chamber's leader is calling unprecedented.  But it's not drawing universal praise, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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Another California lawmaker faces allegations of inappropriate behavior.  This time, it's Democratic state Senator Bob Hertzberg of Los Angeles.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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California lawmakers leading a review of sexual harassment policies - including a lawmaker from the IE - proposed their first change, following an outcry over widspread misconduct in Sacramento.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Two women say California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, a Democrat representing parts of the San Fernando Valley, sexually harassed them - including one who claims the lawmaker assaulted her in a bathroom druing a Las Vegas party.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports - and we should note:  This story contains graphic language.

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The California Legislature has paid out nearly $2 million for sexual harassment complaints over the past 25 years.  They involve seventeen elected officials or key aides.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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You could practically hear hundreds of jaws drop in the California Capitol during this week's Assembly hearing on sexual harassment ... when staff told lawmakers they don't keep track of victim's complaints.  But Capital Public Radios' Ben Adler reports there's no legal requirement to do so - for the Legislature, or any other California employer.

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California state Senator Tony Mendoza is going on the offensive in denying sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.  The Democrat sent a letter to supporters this week blaming the media for his predicament.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The same room where sexual harassment was discussed by lawmakers in a hearing at the California state Capitol earlier this week is the same room where sexual harassment training took place earlier this year.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports people in the building say the current way of training is part of the Capitol's problem.

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Outrage over pervasive sexual misconduct at the California state Capitol is culminating in hearings to change rules that women say have allowed abuses.  Capital Public Radios' Ben Bradford reports the Assembly is undertaking a tricky, public self-reform that began with a hearing yesterday (Tuesday).

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California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra has resigned, effective immediately, after multiple women alleged he groped them or made unwanted sexual advances.  And a California state Senator was stripped of his committee chairships yesterday, as attention on what is called a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in the state Capitol continues. 

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Does an elected official accused of sexual harassment deserve due process before being forced out of office? There is a fierce debate over that question at the state capital where Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra and Senator Tony Mendoza are facing calls to resign after media reports of inappropriate behavior. KVCR's Rick Dulock opens this story produced by Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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The "Me Too" movement has claimed its first California Lawmaker at the State Capital. KVCR's Rick Dulock introduces this story produced by Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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Leaders in the California state Senate say an outside firm will investigate all future sexual harassment complaints.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

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As a second woman alleges that she was a victim of sexual misconduct by Los Angeles County Democratic state Senator Tony Mendoza, the California state Senate has announced it will hire an outside law firm to investigate all complaints of sexual harassment in state government, and to recommend disciplinary measures.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

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Claims of sexual harassment in the state Capitol have prompted an independent investigation and legislative hearings later this month. This morning (Thursday), the Associated Press reports that the California Legislature has already paid out well more than half a million dollars in the last five years to settle harassment and other claims.  All of this comes as the California state Senate is getting ready to choose a new leader. Among those vying for the job is Chino Democratic state Senator Connie Leyva. In her first term in the legislature, Sen.

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A California Assemblyman is the first lawmaker to be named in the sexual harassment scandal sweeping through the state Capitol.  A legislative staffer says Democrat Raul Bocanegra of the San Fernando Valley groped her at a public event eight years ago.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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