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Speaker Calls Window For Sex Abuse Lawsuits 'A Compromise'

Matt Rourke

The Republican speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says his chamber is poised to take up changes to the state's limits on child sexual abuse lawsuits, predicting a 2-year window to allow victims with older claims to sue would pass.

Speaker Mike Turzai on Wednesday called the 2-year window "a compromise" compared to a different proposal to entirely eliminate limits of lawsuits for victims of all ages.

Last month's sweeping grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church also recommended a 2-year window.

Pennsylvania law currently requires victims to sue before they turn 30 and the Senate's top-ranking Republican, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, contends that retroactive changes aren't constitutional.

Scarnati supports a church-endowed victims' compensation fund.

The chambers begin short fall sessions Sept. 24.