JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A panel of Missouri lawmakers has significantly dialed back legislation that backers say is aimed at ensuring those accused of rape and sex-based discrimination in college are treated fairly.
House Judiciary Committee members on Tuesday stripped down the bill following pushback from universities and victims-rights advocates. Critics have raised concerns that the measure could have a chilling effect and mean fewer victims report abuse.
At issue is how colleges and universities handle complaints of rape, sexual harassment and other sex-based discrimination.