The Maryland House of Delegates on Monday approved a bill removing the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits arising from child sexual abuse.
The House passed the bill by a bipartisan vote of 136-2 without debate, sending it to the state Senate for consideration.
The bill would allow victims of child sexual abuse to file a lawsuit anytime. And victims who previously were barred from filing a lawsuit because of the prior limits would have a two-year window to file a lawsuit.
Under current law, child sexual abuse victims have until age 38 to file a lawsuit. The law was expanded from age 25 to age 38 two years ago.
The vote to lift the statute of limitations was applauded by advocates for sexual abuse victims.
The Maryland House has given preliminary approval to a sweeping bill that would remove restrictions on when victims of child sexual abuse can file lawsuits. It also gives anyone who was previously unable to file a lawsuit because of the statute of limitations a two-year window to do so.
An explosive grand jury report on pervasive child abuse in the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has called into question the actions — or inactions — of late Baltimore Cardinal William H. Keeler, who previously was hailed for his transparency in handling abuse cases.