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Texas Senate restores key part of child sexual abuse bill

4 weeks 20 hours 36 minutes ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 May 21, 2019 6:38 PM May 21, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would give child sexual abuse victims more time to sue in civil court after restoring a key provision that allows them to take on institutions.

Senate lawmakers approved the legislation unanimously on Tuesday after former Olympic and U.S. national team gymnasts urged legislators last week to include the provision House lawmakers had quietly removed.

The revised Senate version would allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to bring a civil lawsuit against their abuser and institutions up to 30 years after their 18th birthday.

A push to expand statute of limitations laws for child sex abuse victims is underway in statehouses nationwide amid lawsuits against large institutions like the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America and USA Gymnastics.

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