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House passes statutory window for old child abuse lawsuits, splitting GOP majority

BY: - April 7, 2021

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.

Faced with limited Republican backing, statute of limitations reform on thin ice in House

BY: and - March 18, 2021

The Republican division could sink the emergency amendment, which requires a two-thirds majority, or 136 votes in the House and 34 in the Senate, to pass.

Pa. House agrees to fast-track legislation to salvage sex abuse reform; Senate still uncommitted

BY: - February 4, 2021

The deal would effectively undo an administrative snafu revealed earlier this week, when Wolf administration officials announced they did not publicly advertise the proposed amendment last year as required. 

Top Pa. election official Boockvar to step down after error delays sex abuse reform

BY: and - February 1, 2021

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. 

‘These victims want their day in court’: In surprise move, state Senate poised to vote this week on statute of limitations reform.

BY: - November 18, 2019

The bills resemble legislation that died in the Senate in October 2018, when Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, declined to bring them to the floor for a vote -- a move that outraged victims and their advocates.

House passes child sex abuse statute reforms, kicks them to Senate, Scarnati

BY: - April 10, 2019

By wide bipartisan margins, the House on Wednesday passed legislation to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse.

Lawmakers are taking a new approach to give older child sex abuse victims the chance to sue

BY: - April 8, 2019

A House committee advanced bills from two members who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse Monday, as the lawmakers seek justice for minor victims.