CHILD USA’S WEEKLY SOL UPDATE

CHILD USA’s Weekly SOL Update

May 29, 2020

SOL reform bills are starting to move through state legislatures again. In 2020 already, and despite significant disruption by COVID-19, 6 states have new SOL laws for child sex abuse, and 29 states and the federal government introduced SOL reform bills.

New York was successful in passing a 1-year extension to the child victims act revival window that is awaiting Governor Cuomo’s approval!

In Arizona there was progress on a criminal sex trafficking SOL bill and in Colorado a bill to eliminate the civil SOL for child sex abuse lawsuits passed in the House.

Passed in House and Senate – Awaiting Governor’s Approval

New York – bill extending the child victims act revival window for 1-year to be open until August 13, 2021 passed in the House and Senate on 5/27 (SB 7082)

Passed in House – Now moving to Senate

Colorado – bill eliminating civil SOL for child sex abuse claims passed in House on 5/27 (HB 1296)

May 1, 2020

Revival windows closing in 2020 ⏱️ If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse in one of these states, you have until the following dates to file suit. Visit. childusa.org/sol for more information on laws in your state.

The fourth new SOL law of 2020 was signed by the Governor of Utah this week! We’re at 4 new SOL laws, 5 bills passed in legislatures and 29 states and the federal government that introduced SOL reform for CSA in 2020.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) most states have suspended/postponed their legislative sessions. In the meantime, we urge the governor of Florida to sign the criminal SOL elimination bill HB 199 into law.

New Law – Signed by Governor
Utah: Bill with criminal SOL extension to age 28 for CSA of 16/17 year olds was signed into law on 3/28 (HB 247).

The fourth new SOL law of 2020 was signed by the Governor of Utah this week! We’re at 4 new SOL laws, 5 bills passed in legislatures and 29 states and the federal government that introduced SOL reform for CSA in 2020.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) most states have suspended/postponed their legislative sessions. In the meantime, we urge the governor of Florida to sign the criminal SOL elimination bill HB 199 into law.

New Law – Signed by Governor
Utah: Bill with criminal SOL extension to age 28 for CSA of 16/17 year olds was signed into law on 3/28 (HB 247).

The third new SOL law of 2020 was signed by the Governor of West Virginia this week! We’re at 3 new SOL laws, 5 bills passed in legislatures and 29 states and the federal government that introduced SOL reform for CSA in 2020. Due to the Cornonavirus (COVID-19) most states have suspended/postponed their legislative sessions. While we expect a temporary lull in new legislative activity, we urge the governors of FL and UT to sign the SOL bills on their desks into law.

New Law – Signed by Governor
West Virginia: Bill with civil SOL extension for CSA to age 36 was signed into law on 3/25 (HB 4559)

Passed in Legislature
Virginia: Bill with criminal SOL extension for misdemeanors from age 19 to 23 passed in the House and Senate on 3/19 (HB 298)
(this bill is identical the SB 724 which was already signed into law on 3/11)

Passed In House
Kentucky: Bill with civil SOL extension for CSA from age 21 to 28 and revival of claims against individuals and entities along with criminal SOL extension for misdemeanors from age 23 to 28, passed in the House on 3/19 (HB 47).

The second new SOL law of 2020 was signed by Indiana Governor Holcomb this week! Also, NJ introduced a new criminal elimination bill for sex trafficking. We’re at 2 new laws, 5 bills passed in legislatures and 29 states and the federal government that introduced SOL reform for CSA.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting state legislatures and according to NCSL, at least 19 legislatures (Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin) already suspended/postponed legislative sessions.

This month’s SOL bill hearings that were scheduled in CA and NH have been cancelled until further notice.

New Law – Signed by Governor
Indiana: criminal extension bill for CSA retroactively extends SOL for 5 years from discovery of DNA, recording, or confession evidence and permits victims to apply for compensation was signed into law on 3/14 (SB 109)

Newly Introduced:
New Jersey: bill to eliminate criminal SOL for sex trafficking of minors and adults (AB 3741)

Failed Bills:
Florida: bill to eliminate criminal SOL for sex assault of minors and adults and extend DNA rule failed in Senate Criminal Justice Comm. on 3/14 (SB 892)
Mississippi: bill to eliminate criminal SOL for sex assault of minors and adults failed on 3/12 (HB 945)

After passing in House, did not pass in Senate.
Maryland: bill to eliminate civil SOL and open 1-year revival window (HB 974)

Update on legislature closures:
According to NCSL of March 20, 2020, at least 19 legislatures (Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin)

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