March 29, 2006

Bill drops plan in sex abuse cases

Dayton Daily News

Staff and Wire Reports

COLUMBUS | State lawmakers dropped a proposal Tuesday to allow victims of sexual abuse to file lawsuits in cases up to 35 years old.

Victims' advocates lambasted House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, for striking what they see as the bill's most important provision, which would have allowed a one-year window for abuse victims who missed the lawsuit deadline to sue.

Husted said leaders were unable to reach a compromise that satisfied church officials and a victims' support network.

The change was among revisions to a bill that the House Judiciary Committee approved Tuesday. The House is expected to pass the bill. Senate President Bill Harris, R-Ashland, said the Senate likely would agree with the changes.

Posted by kshaw at March 29, 2006 06:57 AM