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Powerful Senate committee owes public answers on harassment plans, Meredith report, say Independents

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.

Independent Senators Pierre Dalphond and Josée Verner say the public deserves answers from the Senate Internal Economy Committee as to why it used parliamentary privilege to deny the release of information to the Senate Ethics Officer during his investigation into former Senator Don Meredith. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

The public deserves answers from the Senate’s Internal Economy Committee, say its Independent members, after the powerful body recently voted to discuss harassment policies in private, citing legal advice, confidentiality concerns, and the need to protect the Upper Chamber. 

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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