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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House on Thursday approved legislation allowing victims of sexual misconduct to talk to police or testify in a criminal case even if they signed a non-disclosure agreement as part of a civil settlement. The proposal from Republican RepMaria Syms of Paradise Valley also would bar non-disclosure agreements for public officials that use state cash to settle sexual misconduct complaintsIt passed on a 59-0 vote and now goes to the Senate. Syms says her proposal is a big step toward closing what she calls a “sexual predator loophole” that forces victims to remain silent even as the perpetrator avoids prosecutionShe also says it ensures that public officials accused of harassment can’t use public funding to secretly settle cases. “We’re not going to allow public officials to shield themselves from their misconduct by using public tax dollars,” she said during a Republican caucus meeting on Tuesday“If they want to dig into their own pockets and settle these claims for nuisance value or whatever they can do thatBut when it’s public tax dollars we’re going to have full transparency.” Most Read StoriesAfter 911 calls and a lockdown at Highline College, police find 'zero evidence' of a shooting  VIEWEverett teen arrested after grandmother finds journal detailing school-shooting plot, police saySnow in Seattle? Freezing temperatures? 'Be ready for it'Man who accused Ed Murray of sexual abuse found dead in Auburn motelSeattle not amused by green-pigs stunt by real-estate companySale! Save up to 90% on subscriptions!The action came two weeks after GOP RepDon Shooter was expelled following sexual harassment allegations made by multiple womenHe was not the subject of a claim or lawsuit. No settlements involving state lawmakers have been paid by the state in at least a decade, according to records from the Arizona Senate and HouseThe state has paid $1.9 million in settlements for employee sexual harassment or misconduct claims between 2001 and 2014. Those settlements may have confidentiality clauses, but they are at least partially negated because current state public records law requires the settlement agreements to be released. ___ The Legislation is House Bill 2020 . BOB CHRISTIE Next StoryOklahoma student arrested after school shooting threat Previous Story3 Texas teenagers arrested for bringing guns to high schools // PROD-1622 Outbrain AB Test // Have to disable outbrain from running at this point based on optimizely test booleans (function() { if ( SEATIMESCO.hasOwnProperty('outbrain') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.hasOwnProperty('enabled') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.enabled === false ) { var outbrain = null; outbrain = document.querySelector('.OUTBRAIN[data-widget-id="AR_6"]'); if (outbrain !== null ) { outbrain.parentNode.removeChild(outbrain); } } })(); Contact Newsroom staff list FAQ Contact form About the company Seattle Restaurant Week Newspapers in Education Fund for the Needy Employment Historical Archives Pulitzers Company information Permissions Seattle Times Store Advertise Classifieds Autos Homes Obituary Jobs Media Kit Advertise with Us Subscriber Services Subscribe Activate Account Manage Subscription Place Temporary Hold Report Delivery Issue Make a Payment Print Replica Today’s Front Page Facebook Twitter RSS Feeds Newsletters Mobile Apps Subscribe

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