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Cuomo to put Child Victims Act in budget proposal

January 12, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Supporters of the long-stalled Child Victims Act are coming to the state Capitol to rally support.

The proposal, known as the Child Victims Act, would give victims more time to seek criminal charges or file lawsuits against their abusers. And it would open a one-year window for victims to file lawsuits now barred by the statute of limitations.

Monday’s rally by abuse survivors comes as the bill appears poised for passage.

The act was blocked for years by Senate Republicans, but with Democrats now in charge it’s expected to pass easily. The Catholic Church warns that the one-year litigation window could have crippling financial effects.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he will insert the bill in his state budget proposal, a move intended to improve its chances of passing.

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