House approves 2-year window for child sexual abuse lawsuits

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The state House of Representatives has voted to give people who were sexually abused as children more time to file lawsuits.

The House voted 171 to 23 on Monday to give older victims a two-year window to sue. Pennsylvania’s current statute of limitations law does not allow victims to file a lawsuit after they turn 30.

The legislation to change the law was recommended by the grand jury that found more than 300 Roman Catholic priests and other clergy members sexually abused children since the 1940’s.

Opponents argue that retroactive changes to the statute of limitations law violate the state constitution.

A final House vote on Senate Bill 261 could occur Tuesday. If the measure passes, it will go back to the Senate.

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