Representative Maria Syms Applauds Committee Passage of Legislation to Help Close Sexual Predator Nondisclosure Loophole

February 9, 2018
Arizona House of Representatives

Representative Maria Syms today applauded the House Judiciary & Public Safety Committee for unanimously passing HB 2020, legislation she introduced to help close the loophole that allows sexual predators to use nondisclosure agreements to buy the silence of their victims.

The bill states that if public dollars are used to settle sexual harassment and misconduct claims, public officials cannot shield themselves from accountability through nondisclosure agreements.

"Public tax dollars should not be used to shield public officials engaged in sexual misconduct from scrutiny," said Representative Syms.

HB 2020 also invalidates nondisclosure agreements when victims are responding to questions from law enforcement officers and prosecutors or making a statement during criminal proceedings.

"We can no longer allow the Weinsteins and Nassars of the world to buy their way out of jail through confidentiality agreements. Victims must be permitted to share their stories so we can stop these sexual predators from inflicting horrible pain and suffering on others."