Lawmakers restart amendment process on child sex abuse suits | #childabuse | #children | #kids


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers are restarting the multi-year clock on amending the state constitution to allow now-adult victims of child sexual abuse to sue their perpetrators or institutions that may have covered it up. The state Senate voted, 44-3, on Tuesday after Republicans blocked efforts to make the change more quickly. The debate has been spurred by investigations into child sexual abuse allegations inside Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses. Lawmakers had been on schedule to deliver a proposed amendment to voters in May 18′s primary election before Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration revealed that it had failed to advertise the proposal last year, as it was required to do. Without an emergency amendment, a referendum cannot happen before 2023.



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