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State-by-state Changes to Statute of Limitations Laws

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Arizona

Arizona Budget: House and Senate Approve Bill to Help Childhood Sex Abuse Survivors

Arizona lawmakers approved a measure to increase the statute of limitations for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, which should allow the state budget to finally move toward passage.Shortly afterward, Gov. Doug Ducey announced he had signed the bill.    READ FULL STORY
Source: AZ Central


Maryland

Maryland Delegates Consider Statute of Limitations and Child Sex Abuse Case

WASHINGTON — Advocates and child sex abuse survivors will stand before members of the Maryland House of Delegates on Thursday to testify. The judiciary committee will have a bill before them that would remove the statute of limitations for all child sex abuse cases.    READ FULL STORY
Source: WUSA9


Montana

New Law Ends Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Abuse in Montana

A bill to change Montana’s child sexual abuse laws, including lifting the statute of limitations for prosecuting such crimes, was signed Tuesday by Gov. Steve Bullock.     READ FULL STORY
Source: The Independent Record


New Jersey

N.J. Gives Sex Abuse Victims Sweeping New Ability to Sue

New Jersey victims of sexual abuse now have more time to file civil lawsuits against their alleged abusers under a landmark bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Monday. The measure, which takes effect Dec. 1, not only lifts the existing two-year statute of limitations for future claims, but it also creates a two-year window for people who did not file before their time window expired.    READ FULL STORY
Source: WHYY


New York

New York Passes Child Victims Act, Allowing Child Sex Abuse Survivors to Sue Their Abusers

The Child Victims Act will allow child victims to seek prosecution against their abuser until the age of 55 in civil cases, a significant increase from the previous limit of age 23. The bill also includes a one-year window during which victims of any age or time limit can come forward to prosecute.    READ FULL STORY
Source: CNN



Pennsylvania

Clergy Abuse Victims are Divided on How to Secure Right to File Lawsuits

HARRISBURG — When child sexual abuse victims and their advocates reunited on the Capitol steps last month to rally for the right to sue their violators, something didn’t look quite right. Glaringly absent was state Rep. Mark Rozzi, a Reading Democrat who has for years been the Legislature’s loudest advocate for changing the law to give older victims of childhood sexual abuse two more years to bring civil claims. The idea has gained urgency amid the child sexual abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic church. Mr. Rozzi’s absence hinted at a divide that has emerged between the lawmaker and some in the victim community who once considered him their champion. Those victims, advocates, say, now feel betrayed and abandoned by him.    READ FULL STORY
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Tennessee

Tennessee Abolished Statute of Limitations on Child Sexual Abuse Crimes

A bill was signed by Gov. Lee that abolishes statute of limitations laws for survivors of childhood sexual abuse occurring before the age of 13. The new law is effective as of July 2019.     READ FULL STORY
Source: Tennessean



Vermont

Scott Signs Bills Removing Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse Claims

Gov. Phil Scott signed a new law that removes the time limit for victims of child sexual abuse to bring civil claims against their abusers.Scott also signed a bill that will extend the statute of limitations for criminal offenses including manslaughter and sexual exploitation of a vulnerable adult, to 40 years.    READ FULL STORY
Source: VT Digger

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