Statute of Limitations bill

Statute of Limitations bill

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METEOROLOGIST JOE MURGO. WTAJ NEWS AT 5 CONTINUES.” (AMANDA) THE FIGHT TO CHANGE THE STATE’S “STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS” LAWS– ALLOWING VICTIMS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE TO SEEK JUSTICE YEARS LATER– IS BACK AT THE STATE CAPITOL. BILLS TO DO THAT LAST YEAR FAILED TO MAKE IT TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK. MATT HECKEL IS LIVE AT THE STATE CAPITOL WITH MORE. MATT? A PAIR OF BILLS… KNOWN AS THE “PENNSYLVANIA HIDDEN PREDATOR ACT”… WILL BE TAKEN SESSION. IN THE FINAL HOURS OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESION LAST OCTOBER… A BILL TO ELIMINATE THE STATE’S “STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS” FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE VICTIMS FAILED TO REACH A VOTE IN THE STATE SENATE. ONE OF THE STICKING POINTS… A TWO YEAR WINDOW TO ALLOW VICTIMS OF PAST ABUSE TO FILE A LAWSUIT. Sen. Scarnati: “Retroactive statute of limitations changes would violate the remedies clause in our constitution.” Rep. Rozzi: “We will be back next year and every year that follows until we get that window done.” THIS YEAR… THAT WINDOW IS PROPOSED IN A NEW BILL… HOUSE BILL 963. IT WILL BE TAKEN UP BY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE NEXT WEEK… ALONG WITH HOUSE BILL 962…. ELIMINATING THE CRIMINAL STATUTE FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE VICTIMS MOVING FORWARD. RIGHT NOW… VICTIMS HAVE UNTIL AGE 30 TO FILE CHARGES. Kristen Houser: “Our statutes in Pennsylvania should reflect what we know to be true for victims everywhere. Which is disclosures often take time.” HOUSE BILL 962’s SPONSOR… MARK ROZZI… SAYS HE’S WORKING WITH HOUSE LEADERS TO MAKE SURE THESE NEW BILLS ARE SOEMTHING THAT CAN MAKE IT TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK. KRISTEN HOUSER WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA COALITION AGAINST RAPE… REMAINS HOPEFUL. Kristen Houser: “I don’t know what more it would take to help people recognize that it’s time to fix this. So, we set out at every session thinking,

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