2014 Pending and Passed

  Child Sex Abuse Statutes of Limitations Reform Bills


Domestic-Violence-In-Women-With-DepressionStatutes of Limitations (SOL) is the time in which a lawsuit is initiated by an injured person or victim. In most cases, unless there is a special circumstance, the statute of limitations begins to run from the date of the occurrence that caused the injury. Statutes of limitations are enacted by the legislature, which might extend or reduce time limits, based on certain restrictions.

Pending Bills

California Senate Bill 924 (extending civil statute of limitation)

California Senate Bill 926 (extending criminal statute of limitation)

Georgia House Bill 771 (extending civil statute of limitation against perpetrator)

Florida Senate Bill 494 (eliminating criminal statute of limitation for children abused over age 13)

Hawaii Senate Bill 2448 (eliminating civil and criminal statute of limitations)

Iowa Senate File 2109 (extending criminal and civil statute of limitations)

New York Assembly Bill No. A01771 (eliminating criminal and civil statute of limitations and creating a 1-year window)

New York Senate Bill No. 6367 (eliminating criminal  and civil statute of limitations and creating a 1-year window)

Pennsylvania House Bill 2067 (eliminating criminal and civil statute of limitations and retrospective civil extension to age 50)

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1103 (retroactively extending civil statute of limitations)

Passed Bills

Hawaii Senate Bill 2687 (retroactively extending civil statute of limitation)

Hawaii House Bill 2034 (eliminating criminal statute of limitation)

Massachusetts M.G.L. Chapter 260 Section 4C approved June 26, 2014 (retroactively extending civil statute of limitations to age 53)

Utah House Bill 0277 (This bill eliminates the statute of limitations for civil actions for child sexual abuse)

Window Legislation Enacted

(waiver of statute of limitation for set period of time)

California Code Civ. Proc., § 340.1, subd. (c)(2003)

Delaware Senate Bill No. 29 (2007-2009)

Hawaii Senate Bill2687 (2012-2016)

Guam (2011-2013)

Minnesota (currently open, 2013-2016)

Minnesota Child Victims Act

Currently Pending

(Not law as of June 2014, but bills introduced)

New York A1771A (eliminating criminal and civil statute of limitations and creating a 1-year window)

New York Senate Bill No. 6367 (eliminating criminal and civil statute of limitations and creating a 1-year window)

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1103 (extending civil statute of limitation and creating a 2-year window)

Here is What is Happening In Your State

Statute of Limitations Reform News – Professor Marci A. Hamilton

Cardozo Law Summary of Statute of Limitations Reform Across the United States June 29, 2014

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