Unfinished business awaits lawmakers

Johnstown Tribune Democrat

Nov. 2, 2019

By John Finnerty

State lawmakers have some big issues left to confront in the few days they have scheduled in 2019.

Lawmakers left the Capitol Wednesday, and they have only four days scheduled for session in November. The House has six session days scheduled for December, while the Senate has just three.

Advocates and lawmakers say the controversy over allowing adult survivors of child sex crimes to sue organizations, like the Catholic Church, for covering up for predators, may be on the agenda.

Senate President Pro Temp Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, said that he expects the Senate will vote later this month on a proposed constitutional amendment to open a window to allow for civil lawsuits in cases where the existing statute of limitations has expired.

“We plan to move these bills through the Senate this fall,” Scarnati said in a statement provided by his office. “I remain hopeful that all parties involved can come together to move these important reforms forward in the near future.”

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