Legislators weigh action on statute of limitations reform in Senate hearing

Legislators weigh action on statute of limitations reform in Senate hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee convened Wednesday the first hearing in years to examine the state’s statute of limitations to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue the institutions which shielded their abusers, although it is unclear whether the meeting signals a sea change within the chamber.

The hearing comes as new Senate Judiciary chair Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Monroe) says she is exploring action on the matter. Victim advocates praised the fact that multiple panels of sexual abuse survivors were featured but it remains to be seen whether their advocacy will push the Senate to take action after the House passed a two-bill package in the spring.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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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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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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