As House approves child sex abuse bills, Senate Democrats present their competing proposal to reform statute of limitations

As House approves child sex abuse bills, Senate Democrats present their competing proposal to reform statute of limitations

Efforts to reform the state’s statute of limitations for child sex abuse got more complicated Wednesday, as Senate Democrats unveiled a broader piece of legislation which includes a retroactive window for victims to file suit against their perpetrators and the institutions that shielded them.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro, along with four freshmen senators, led by Sen. Tim Kearney (D-Delaware) and Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery), are pushing a bill which eliminates the criminal and civil statute of limitations for certain sex crimes against both minors and adults.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to 'put Senate on notice'

House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to 'put Senate on notice'

A House committee overwhelmingly voted to approve a two-bill package designed to strengthen the state’s statute of limitations for child sex abuse, despite concerns from some that a change in tactic is unlikely to produce desired reforms.

The bills, authored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) and Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), attempt to skirt past concerns with a proposed retroactive window, where victims of pedophilia could file suit against their accusers and the institutions that shielded them if the statute of limitations had already expired.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills to watch for the week of April 8

5 bills to watch for the week of April 8

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From nuclear power to wedding barns, here are five bills to watch for the week of March 25.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Lawmakers brace for fresh statute of limitations fight

Lawmakers brace for fresh statute of limitations fight

A debate is again brewing in the Capitol over how best to provide recourse for the thousands of Pennsylvanians who are survivors of child sex abuse.

And the fight could resume next week, as a two-bill package authored by Rep Mark Rozzi (D-Bucks) and Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), both victims of sex abuse, is slated to be taken up by the House Judiciary Committee Monday. A final vote in the House could come as early as the middle of next week.
Thursday, April 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

After a day of closed door caucuses, whispered rumors and fiery press conferences, statute of limitations reform went quietly into a late Harrisburg night.

That was despite enormous pressure on the Senate from victims of child abuse, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the House throughout the week. Victims lined hallways reading the grand jury report and held personal conversations with senators, from the rank and file to leaders.

But Wednesday, the last voting day before the Nov. 6 elections, there never was a vote on SB 261 — Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s (R-Jefferson) own bill, amended in the House to include a civil window that he refused to back. 
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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