Pa. child abuse lawsuits held up due ‘systemic failures’ in Dept. of State, report says
In a report released Wednesday, the state Inspector General found no evidence of “intentional malfeasance” in an advertising error that delayed a Pennsylvania constitutional amendment to allow survivors of childhood sexual abuse to sue their abusers. Instead the report pointed a finger at an informal and unwritten process for tracking and overseeing constitutional amendments in […]
House passes statutory window for old child abuse lawsuits, splitting GOP majority
Wednesday's vote split the Republican caucus down the middle, a rarity in the legislature. All but one of the dissenting votes was cast by a GOP lawmaker.
Lawmakers want to use emergency powers to pass sexual abuse reform. Can they find the votes to pull it off?
The margin for error is slim. To invoke the emergency powers, the House and Senate will need two-thirds agreement on a measure that has eluded action for years.
Top Pa. election official Boockvar to step down after error delays sex abuse reform
Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced Monday that Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar would leave her post Friday, Feb. 5 after her agency failed to notify the public of a a proposed change to Pennsylvania’s constitution: an amendment that would give victims of child sexual abuse a two-year retroactive window to sue perpetrators in decades-old cases, which was on track to go before voters this year.
With one election barely over, state lawmakers look to make fixes ahead of the next one
Time’s likely up for Pennsylvania’s Legislature to override the outcome of the 2020 election. But lawmakers have already turned their eyes to changing how Pennsylvanians vote in the future.
Pa. Rep. Gregory tests positive for COVID-19 in the second House case this week
State Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair, has COVID-19, a statement from his office confirmed Friday. Gregory is the second state lawmaker this week to test positive for the virus after Philadelphia Rep. Jordan Harris announced he had tested positive on Wednesday. Pa. Rep. Harris, House’s 2nd ranking Democrat, says he has COVID-19 Gregory was last in […]
House passes child sex abuse statute reforms, kicks them to Senate, Scarnati
By wide bipartisan margins, the House on Wednesday passed legislation to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.