SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - A bill that would give some victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file civil lawsuits is heading to the Assembly floor after it previously failed to clear a key committee.
The legislation from Democratic Sen. Jim Beall of San Jose would lift the statute of limitations for one year for a group of alleged victims who were 26 and older and missed a similar window to file lawsuits in 2003.
The Assembly Appropriations Committee passed the bill Wednesday, 12-4.
The Catholic Church is a main opponent of SB131. Representatives of the church and other institutions say it unfairly applies only to private or nonprofit groups.
Supporters say victims need the extra time to file lawsuits because it might take years for them to acknowledge that they were molested.
The Associated Press