Allegations Texas lobbyist drugged a legislative aide shook the state Capitol on Monday, resulting in some lawmakers proscribing entry to their workplaces as each regulation enforcement and a serious lobbying agency stated they have been investigating.
Republican Dade Phelan, the speaker of the Texas Home of Representatives, stated in a uncommon speech from the ground of the chamber that the allegations encompass a gathering that befell outdoors the Capitol “in latest weeks” and that the staffer who made the allegations had reported the incident to regulation enforcement.
The Texas Division of Public Security is now investigating, company spokesman Travis Considine stated, however he wouldn’t present extra particulars.
“I’m disgusted this form of predatory habits remains to be going down in and round our Capitol,” Phelan stated. He informed the 149 different Home members that all of them should work towards “altering the tradition of this constructing.”
It was the primary time lawmakers have been again on the Capitol for the reason that allegations have been first printed over the weekend by the Austin American-Statesman. One among Texas’ most influential lobbying corporations, HilllCo Companions, introduced it had employed outdoors counsel and a former regulation enforcement official to conduct an inside investigation.
Invoice Miller, one of many founders of HillCo, stated Monday the agency took these steps after “we received a tip that we had an individual of curiosity in our agency.” He stated the agency had not been contacted by regulation enforcement.
“The reported incident is abhorrent and, as soon as investigated and located to be correct, needs to be handled within the strongest authorized method potential,” HillCo stated in an announcement.
The report shortly put a brand new deal with the remedy of girls and staffers on the Texas Capitol, the place three years in the past lawmakers revised sexual harassment insurance policies in each the Home and Senate because the #MeToo motion unfold to statehouses across the nation. On Monday, Phelan referred to as for altering the required in-person sexual harassment prevention coaching for Home members and employees, which he stated can be simpler than the digital coaching at the moment supplied.
State Rep. Shelby Slawson, a Republican, was amongst a handful of lawmakers who stated they’d shut their workplaces to lobbyists whereas the investigation was underway.
“Abhorrent. No excuses. Press ALL the fees,” Slawson tweeted.