Pa. grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse sets stage for Capitol showdown

September 23, 2018

Under President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati the Pa. Senate will face a decision on whether to approve opening a window on the state’s civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse.

By Staff

HARRISBURG — On Wednesday, the top Republican in the state Senate and a rank-and-file House member spoke for the first time, face-to-face, behind closed doors in the state Capitol.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) and Rep. Mark Rozzi (D., Berks) are the faces of opposing sides in the emotional debate over taking a dramatic step on behalf of sexual-assault victims — temporarily setting aside the state’s civil statute of limitations that bars accusers older than 30 from suing over abuse that occurred when they were children.

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