PHOENIX, AZ – Rep. Don Shooter (R-Yuma) has been stripped of all his committee assignments and will face the possibility of condemnation from the House floor. That was the announcement by House Speaker J.D. Mesnard (R-Chandler) on Tuesday as he released an 82-page investigative report into whether Shooter violated the Legislature’s sexual harassment policy.
The answer, according to the report, is that there is "credible evidence" that he did.
Shooter, who had already his chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee last month, had been accused by Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, Republican of Scottsdale, and other women.
After she made her accusations against him, Shooter responded by saying that she had been in a romantic relationship with a House staffer and had used inappropriate language while speaking with another legislator.
The law firm hired to conduct the investigation found that there was no credible evidence to support either of those allegations.
Mesnard also announced that he will propose several changes to House rules including formalizing a sexual harassment policy, creating the equivalent of a human resources department, and banning the consumption of alcohol on House premises.
Photo of Shooter via Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo