Lawmaker calls for Constitutional amendment to help victims of clerical abuse


April 2, 2019

By John Finnerty

A Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation that would give voters the chance to change the state Constitution and allow victims of expired child sex abuse cases to sue their abusers and institutions that may have covered up the crimes even if the statute of limitations has expired.

Blair County freshman State Rep. Jim Gregory’s legislation, if passed, would put a Constitutional amendment ballot question before voters as soon as 2021.

Critics of the proposal say that’s not soon enough.

The move could end an impasse at the Capitol over questions of whether the General Assembly can legally change the law to allow the Catholic Church, and other organizations to be sued in civil court if the existing statute of limitations have expired.

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