House passes bill that would change statute of limitations for sex crimes

House passes bill that would change statute of limitations for sex crimes

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8 ON YOUR SIDE GOVERNMENT
REPORTER MIKE STRAUB IS THERE TO
EXPLAIN, MIKE: THE GRAND JURY
MADE 4 RECOMMENDATIONS TO
CHANGES IN STATE LAW, THIS BILL
WOULD MAKE 2 OF THOSE CHANGES. THE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED
SENATE BILL 261 THE BIGGEST
CHANGE, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE
AMENDING THE STATE CONSTITUTION,
WOULD ELIMINATE THE STATUTE OF
LIMITATIONS FOR PROSECUTORS TO FILE CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST
ABUSERS. IT WOULD ALSO ALLOW FUTURE
VICTIMS TO FILE CIVIL LAWSUITS
UNTIL THEIR 50TH BIRTHDAY. AND IT INCLUDES A TWO YEAR
WINDOW FOR PAST VICTIMS TO SUE
THEIR ABUSERS OR THE
INSTITUTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH
THEM. THE BILL NOW ADVANCES TO THE
SENATE, WHERE IT FACES SOME
CRITICS WHO OPPOSE THE
CONSTITUTIONALITY OF CHANGING
THE STATUTES, AND ALSO THE BILL
LIMITS HOW MUCH A VICTIM CAN COLLECT FROM A PUBLIC ENTITY,
BUT PUTS NO LIMIT ON ABUSE
WITHIN PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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