Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has reviewed proposed policies for interns and sexual harassment in the Missouri House of Representatives.
She said a hotline for capitol interns to call for help should be included in the policies.
“I’m going to be engaged in an outside effort to make sure there is a place where interns can call to get good information while remaining confidential,” said McCaskill. “We’ve got to make sure these young interns have somewhere they can go to get good information about what options are available to them without it blowing up into a firestorm.”
McCaskill is seeking assistance from non-profit organizations to set up a hotline.
She speaks openly about being sexually harassed while interning at the capitol in the 1970’s.
A group of Representatives began work in May on an intern and sexual harassment policies after former House Speaker John Diehl, Jr. admitted to swapping sexually suggestive texts with a college intern and resigned.
Committee chairman, Representative Mike Leara (R-St. Louis) told Missourinet any major changes to the proposal would have to be considered by his party’s leadership, but he hopes to have it approved by Thanksgiving.
A public hearing by the House Administration and Accounts Committee on the policies will be held today. Missourinet will be live streaming the hearing.