Rep. Mike Turzai calls window for sex abuse lawsuits ‘a compromise’
HARRISBURG — The Republican speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says his chamber is poised to take up changes to the state’s limits on child sexual abuse lawsuits, predicting a two-year window to allow victims with older claims to sue would pass.
Speaker Mike Turzai on Wednesday called the two-year window “a compromise” compared to a different proposal to entirely eliminate limits of lawsuits for victims of all ages.
Last month’s sweeping grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church also recommended a two-year window.
Pennsylvania law currently requires victims to sue before they turn 30 and the Senate’s top-ranking Republican, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, contends that retroactive changes aren’t constitutional.
Scarnati supports a church-endowed victims’ compensation fund.
The chambers begin short fall sessions Sept. 24.