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SOL Reform Bills Passed in 2019



Alabama
Extends the civil SOL for a sex offense against a person under 19 years of age to age 19 plus 6 years or 6 years from the offense, discovery of the offense or criminal conviction of a perpetrator for a sex offense. (SB 11) (Governor Signed into Law on May 30, 2019).

Arizona
Extends the civil SOL to age 30 and opens a 19-month revival window against people and institutions. (HB 2466) (Governor Signed into Law on May 27, 2019).

Connecticut
Extends the civil SOL for sexual abuse of a victim under age 21 to age 21 plus 30 years. Eliminate the criminal SOL for any felony or misdemeanor offense involving sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault of a minor, including risk of injury involving intimate contact with a victim under age 16. Also, extends the criminal SOL for sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault of victims age 18, 19, or 20 to age 51 and for sexual assault of a victim age 21 or older to 20 years from the offense for felonies and 10 years from the offense for misdemeanors. (SB 3) (Governor Signed into Law on June 18, 2019).

Illinois
Would extend the civil SOL by tolling the SOL during the time that victim is subject to fraudulent concealment. (SB 1868) (Passed in Senate and House, May 23, 2019).

Iowa
Extends the criminal SOL for the following felonies and misdemeanors to age of majority (18) plus 15 years: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree sexual abuse, incest, and sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, or school employee. (SF 589) (Governor Signed into Law on May 16, 2019).

Maine
Eliminates the criminal SOL for a victim under age 16 for felony and misdemeanor incest, unlawful sexual contact, sexual abuse of a minor, rape and gross sexual assault. Extends the criminal SOL to 20 years from the offense for a victim age 16 or older for felony unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault. (SP 20/LD67) (Governor Signed into Law on June 27, 2019).

Montana
Eliminates the criminal SOL for felonies and misdemeanors. Extends the civil SOL against perpetrators and institutions to the earlier of age 27 or 3 years after discovery that injury was caused by childhood sexual abuse. Opens a 1-year revival window on May 7, 2019 against institutions and perpetrators who are alive and have been convicted of or admitted to the abuse. (HB 640) (Governor Signed into Law on May 7, 2019).

Nebraska
Eliminates the criminal SOL for felony sex trafficking of a minor and child pornography. (LB 519) (Governor Signed into Law on May 31, 2019).

Nevada
Eliminates the criminal SOL for a sexual assault arising out of the same facts as a murder. (SB 9) (Governor Signed into Law on May 16, 2019). Eliminates the criminal SOL for felony sexual assault where the identity of an accused perpetrator is established by DNA evidence, regardless of victim’s age. (AB 142) (Governor Signed into Law on May 31, 2019).

New Jersey
Extends the civil SOL for child sex abuse to age 55 or 7 years from discovery, whichever is later, for claims against individuals and public and private institutions. Removes claim presentment requirement for claims against public entities. Opens a 2-year revival window on December 1, 2019 for victims abused as minors or adults against perpetrators and institutions. Also, extends the civil SOL for adult sex assault victims to 7 years from the offense or 7 years from discovery, whichever is later. (S477) (Governor Signed into Law on May 13, 2019).

New Mexico
Would extend the criminal SOL for the following felonies committed against minors to age 30: abandonment and abuse, criminal sexual contact, and criminal sexual penetration. (SB 55) (Governor Vetoed on March 16, 2019).

New York
Extends the criminal SOL for felony to age 28 and misdemeanor to age 25. Extends civil SOL to age 55 for claims against people and institutions. Also, removes 90-day notice of claim requirement for claims against public institutions. Opens a 1-year revival window on August 14, 2019 against perpetrators and institutions. (S 2440) (Governor Signed into Law on February 14, 2019).

North Carolina
Would extend the civil SOL for human trafficking, which includes sexual servitude, of a minor to age of majority (18) plus 10 years and of an adult to 10 years from the offense. (HB 198) (Passed in House and Senate, July 10, 2019).

North Dakota
Extends the criminal SOL for felony and misdemeanor sex offenses to 21 years from the offense. (HB 1425) (Governor Signed into Law on March 21, 2019).

Rhode Island
Extends the civil SOL to age of majority (18) plus 35 years and expands the 7-year delayed discovery rule to apply not just to the perpetrator but to all defendants. Also applies new SOL retroactively to claims against the perpetrator only. Expands liability for public entities by making new SOL applicable to them. (H5171 & S315) (Governor Signed into Law on July 1, 2019).

Tennessee
Extends the civil SOL to age 33 with a 3-year delayed discovery rule. Eliminates the criminal SOL for child sex abuse felonies and misdemeanors, with a limitation that if prosecuting after victim is age 43, and victim was at or between ages 13 and 17 at the time of the offense, and victim never reported the offense to another person before reaching age 23, admissible and credible evidence corroborating the charge or similar acts by defendant is required. Also eliminates the criminal SOL for rape and aggravated rape of an adult if reported within 3 years of the offense. (HB 565) (Governor Signed into Law on May 24, 2019).

Texas
Expands the DNA statute and eliminates the criminal SOL where DNA has been collected but not yet tested. (HB 8) (Governor Signed into Law on June 4, 2019). Extends the civil SOL to age of majority (18) plus 30 years against perpetrators and institutions. (HB 3809) (Governor Signed into Law on June 14, 2019).

Utah
Eliminates the criminal SOL for felony human trafficking of a child, which includes trafficking for sexual exploitation of the child. (HB 20) (Governor Signed into Law on March 21, 2019). Extends the criminal SOL for felony crimes where the SOL has run as of May 5, 2003 and no charges had been filed, by extending the time from 1 to 4 years that a prosecution must be commenced after a perpetrator has been identified by DNA evidence. (HB 192) (Governor Signed into Law on March 25, 2019). Waives governmental immunity for civil claims of negligence or injury resulting from sexual battery against a student by a school employee, in a position of trust, who is criminally charged, that the school knew or should have known was a sex offender. Also, extends the civil SOL for claims against a governmental entity or its employee to 2 years after a claim arises or discovery of a claim. (HB 311) (Governor Signed into Law on March 25, 2019).

Vermont
Eliminates the civil SOL and revives all expired claims against perpetrators and negligent institutions. (HB 330) (Governor Signed into Law on May 28, 2019). Eliminates the criminal SOL for sexual exploitation of a minor. (HB 511) (Governor Signed into Law on May 30, 2019).

Washington
Eliminates the criminal SOL for felony rape, sexual misconduct, child molestation, and sexual exploitation of a minor and extends the criminal SOL to 20 years from the offense for rape and indecent liberties, regardless of victim’s age. (SB 5649) (Governor Signed into Law on April 19, 2019). Extends the criminal SOL for felony sex offenses by extending when the SOL begins to run to 2 years from identification of perpetrator by DNA, regardless of victim’s age. (HB 1166) (Governor Signed into Law on April 23, 2019).

Washington D.C.
Eliminates the criminal SOL for felony sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, and incest. Extends the civil SOL where victim was under age 35 to age 40 with a 5-year discovery rule. Also, opens a 2-year revival window for victims abused as minors or adults on May 3, 2019. (B22-0021/DC Act 22-593/L22-0311) (Law Effective on May 3, 2019)





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