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Wolf orders changes to insurance for sexual harassment cases

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 20, 2017 6:34 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's governor says he wants to see changes in a state government self-insurance program that funded a quarter-million-dollar settlement over sexual harassment allegations against a state lawmaker.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he learned this week about the settlement with and payment to a former legislative assistant to Democratic state Rep. Tom Caltagirone of Berks County.

Wolf says he wants to prevent using the fund for cases of abusive behavior by elected officials. He's ordering the agency that runs it to make changes.

The governor says the program shouldn't be used to indemnify people who don't work in the executive branch of state government.

His comments came a day after The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first revealed that Pennsylvania taxpayers funded the 2015 payment.

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