Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to give more time in abuse cases

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania lawmakers are closer to giving victims of child sexual abuse more time to sue, and prosecutors more time to bring charges against perpetrators.

The state House on Tuesday voted 180 to 15 to approve a bill that changes the age limit for people bringing civil lawsuits from 30 to 50. It applies retroactively to cover people abused in the past.

The proposal also eliminates the time limits for bringing criminal charges in future cases for a list of crimes that involve child victims.

The measure goes to the Senate, where it will need approval before going to the governor.

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