FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2017
HOUSTON - Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia issued the following statement continuing her call for independent investigations for allegations of sexual assault and harassment by state lawmakers and employees of the Texas Legislature:
"I find the charges reported to be very alarming and I commend the brave individuals who have come forward about their experiences in the Texas Capitol and across the country. It's a sad state of affairs when people feel their only option is talking to the press. There is no excuse for sexual harassment, discrimination, abuse or bullying. This is why I have called for independent investigations. Following the examples of others, I am now calling for a hotline to report abuse in Texas government to ensure there is an independent and transparent path to justice for people who have been harassed or assaulted and due process for all parties involved."
Attached is a copy of the letter Senator Garcia previously sent to Senator Lois Kolkhorst, Chair of Senate Committee on Administration, calling for a hearing to address a change to Texas Senate policies.