Joseph B. Scarnati

Speaker calls window for sex abuse lawsuits 'a compromise'

The Republican speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives said Wednesday his chamber is about to again take up proposed changes to the state's limits on child sexual abuse lawsuits, predicting enough support to pass a two-year window to allow victims with older claims to sue.

Speaker Mike Turzai called the two-year window "a compromise" compared with a competing proposal to retroactively eliminate all limits on lawsuits for victims of all ages.

Last month's sweeping grand jury report on child sexual abuse in six of the state's eight Roman Catholic dioceses also recommended a two-year window. The report found that 300 "predator priests" had...