PA HB 1947 as amended by Rep. Mark Rozzi passed the House today overwhelmingly.

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PA HB 1947 as amended by Rep. Mark Rozzi passed the House today overwhelmingly. It totally eliminates the criminal statues of limitations going forward and increased the civil statues of limitations to age 50 (from age 30). We don't have the exact language of the Rozzi amendment, but we have heard unofficially that it does make the changed provisions in the bill retroactive to those who are 50 and under. It does NOT contain window legislation for those time barred from bringing a suit. It will be brought back to the PA House tomorrow for final consideration and will official be passed and then go to the Senate and subsequently be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee for their consideration. 

We are disappointed that the civil window legislation amendments were not supported enough to be added to the bill, but this is another successful step in reaching our goals of NO SOLs and some legislation that will allow past victims to gain a measure of justice and relief.

Speeches by Rep. Rozzi and Murt were very moving and we hope they will be put up on YouTube tomorrow. Rep. Rozzi received a standing ovation from the House after his speech. He more than deserved it for all the work he, his staff and other representatives have done on behalf of victims.

And our thanks to all of you for all your support and calls/emails to legislators. We will let you know when the Senate Judiciary Committee receives the bill.
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