NY Senate won't take up Child Victim's Act

ALBANY - A bill to extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes will not get a vote in the state Senate before lawmakers leave town this week, according to the Senate's Republican leader.

Majority Leader John Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, told reporters Tuesday that the Senate would not take up the Child Victim's Act, which supporters have pushed as a way for abuse survivors to seek charges or civil cases after they've grown older.

“It’s under discussion, but the Senate is not going to be taking that bill up," Flanagan said after exiting a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.

Versions of the bill have bounced around at the Capitol for more than a decade, but none have yet to make it through both houses of the Legislature.

The Assembly approved a version of the bill on June 7 that would allow abuse victims to seek criminal charges until they turn age 28, up from the current 23.

Victims would be able to seek civil penalties against their abusers until the victim turns 50; As of now, the limit is age 18.

But some Republicans in the Senate have raised concern about a provision in the bill that would create a one-year window for past victims of child sexual abuse to sue their abusers, regardless of how long ago the abuse took place or the current age of the victim.

The bill had also drawn opposition from the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America.

Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat who sponsors the bill in the Senate, said he was disappointed that support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and thousands of abuse survivors "has not moved this body to actually comprehensively address the issue of child sexual abuse."

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