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Laws changed for Abuse Survivors
Maryland lawmakers make positive changes for victims of abuse
HOUSE OKS ALLOWING MORE CHILD SEX ABUSE SUITS SB 29 passes chamber 41-0; Senate to review minor change By BETH MILLER, The News Journal Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 8:55 pm DOVER – Delaware’s House of Representatives passed tonight what one law professor called “the strongest bill for child sexual abuse victims in the country” by a 41-0 vote. The bill, S.B. 29, eliminates the two-year civil statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse. It also provides a two-year window during which claims previously barred by the statute could be filed – opening the courthouse door to victims unable to seek justice because time had expired. Institutions that allowed the abuse to occur through gross negligence also could be sued. The bill passed by unanimous vote when it was introduced in the Senate by its prime sponsor, Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton. It would go to the governor’s desk but for a minor amendment attached Tuesday night by a co-sponsor, Rep. Deborah Hudson, R-Fairthorne. That amendment, passed unanimously, simply says the law takes effect when the money is appropriated. Peterson said she hoped the Senate would suspend its rules to vote on the amended bill Wednesday. See more coverage Wednesday in The News Journal and at www.delawareonline.com. Contact Beth Miller at 324-2784 or bmiller@delawareonline.com.

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