(Penn Live) A top midstate legislator said Monday he will not support efforts to create a temporary “window” for victims of long-ago child sex abuse cases to bring new civil suits against their alleged abusers or the institutions that employed them.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Marsico’s statement, coming after closed-door party caucuses on two amendments to create the so-called window, immediately cast doubt on whether supporters can force their proposal through the General Assembly this session.
A Republican from Lower Paxton Township, Marsico cited Constitutional concerns with revoking existing deadlines.
If that becomes the line upon which opponents choose to rally around, it could become a recurring theme every time the issue is brought up.
It was not clear Monday night, however, if Marsico had enough support to sustain his constitutional objection. All votes on the underlying legislation, House Bill 342, were postponed after caucuses today.
At present, child sex abuse victims only have until age 30 to bring civil claims against their abusers.
Here’s what Marsico said about the window amendments attached to H.B. 342 by Democrat Reps. Michael McGeehan of Philadelphia and Mark Rozzi of Berks County.