‘Is this ever going to end?’ Abuse survivors still waiting for statutory window
The latest effort to amend the state Constitution to open a retroactive window for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse to sue their attackers became mired in a partisan dispute in the state House on Monday.
The U.S. House Chaos Caucus | Editorial Cartoon
Lawmakers in Pa. and D.C. were a study in contrasts this week with their respective Speaker elections.
Could D.C. follow Pa.’s lead on its messy Speaker’s fight? There is a way forward | John L. Micek
Earlier this week, the birthplace of American democracy actually lived up to its promise. Here's hoping it lasts.
Pa. Legislature welcomes new members, House elects Rozzi as speaker
The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2023-24 session started Tuesday with the swearing-in of new lawmakers and the resolution of a leadership quandary in the lower chamber.
Wolf concedes on legislatively opening child sex abuse window, agrees to constitutional amendment
The constitutional amendment — initially meant to appear on the May 2021 primary election ballot if not for a Department of State advertising error — could now reach voters in 2023.
Reps. Gregory, Rozzi call on AG to investigate Southern Baptist sex abuse | Five for the Weekend
State Reps. Jim Gregory, R-Blair, and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, sent a joint letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Tuesday, asking the state's top prosecutor, and his office, to investigate reports of abuse within Southern Baptist Convention of churches in Pennsylvania.
Advocates again call on Pa. Senate to open two-year window for child sex abuse survivors
If it weren’t for an advertising error made last year by the Department of State, a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing the window for child sex abuse survivors would have appeared on the May 2021 primary election ballot.
Bill to extend legal window for child sex abuse survivors unlikely to see a Pa. Senate vote
Eighteen states have passed the statutory window much like the one proposed in Pennsylvania since 2005.
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.
Faced with limited Republican backing, statute of limitations reform on thin ice in House
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
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
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.