GREGORY PUSHES FOR TWO YEAR WINDOW FOR ABUSE VICTIMS

A bill authored by Rep. Jim Gregory of Blair County to provide a two-year window for childhood sexual abuse victims to submit claims in civil court has passed the House of Representatives. House Bill 14 contains the same language as a bill from the 2019-20 Legislative Session, which was a necessary component to develop a constitutional amendment. If it passes the Senate soon, the matter can go to the voters as a referendum question in the May 18 Primary Election. Gregory’s bill seeks to amend Section 11 of Article 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution (known as the Remedies Clause) to create the two-year window for civil claims. Doing so he says, would allow victims to file lawsuits if the statute of limitations has already expired for that victim.

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