A final state budget deal in the works Friday appears not to include an expansion of the statute of limitations in child abuse civil and criminal cases.
Advocates of the Child Victims Act had hoped to get it passed this spring and it had been part of the negotiations between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers over the state budget.
But by late Thursday, it appeared that the final budget would not include the expansion, unless tentative decisions made by lawmakers are reversed.
The long-stalled bill would expand the criminal and civil statute of limitations in child abuse cases. But it’s most controversial provision – and one that has stopped it from becoming law so far – would and create a one year “look back” period to allow victims over the age of 23 to file lawsuits against alleged perpetrators or the institutions where they worked or volunteered for incidents of sexual abuse dating back potentially decades.
Victims say the measure, is about more than just permitting civil lawsuits to obtain monetary damages.
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