Legislature’s consistency needs work

| 11/6/16 | Editorial Board | Altoona Mirror | Pennsylvania’s Senate Judiciary Committee decided last month that allowing retroactive access in civil lawsuits for child sex-abuse survivors would be unconstitutional. The problem with that decision is that the Judiciary Committee is not a court and doesn’t have the power to rule officially on the constitutionality of any measure. Regarding the […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO HOUSE BILL 1947?

| 10/26/16 | Rep. Mark Rozzi | The Altoona/Johnstown Diocese grand jury report released in March about the wholesale abuse of innocent children by depraved predators finally unleashed the public outrage that had been missing for over a decade. The powers-that-be covered up the unspeakable crimes, leaving children and their families with no path to justice. From the beginning, House Bill […]

Efforts to reform Pa.’s child-sex crime law nears failure as clock ticks on legislative session

| 10/26/16 | Ivey DeJesus | pennlive.com | Pennsylvania’s legislative session will, for all intents and purposes, expire this week and with it most likely the bill that would have reformed how the state prosecutes child sex crimes. House Bill 1947, which passed by an overwhelming vote of 180-15 in the House in April, is just hours from being doomed […]

Pa. legislators abandon bill to extend rights of child sex-abuse victims

| 10/26/16 | Marie Panaritis and Karen Langley | philly.com | HARRISBURG – A controversial proposal to extend the civil statute of limitations for child sex-abuse victims appeared to collapse Tuesday, after supporters said the House was unlikely to move an amended version of the bill or reintroduce the original measure. With little chance of its passing, they said, they will […]

Rozzi: Victims have waited long enough for justice

| HARRISBURG, Sept. 27 | State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today stood with advocates, survivors and members of the General Assembly and called on Republican House leadership to run H.B. 1947, a statute of limitations reform bill, with a retroactive component included. “When I ran for this office, I was on a personal mission to shake open the log jam […]

Six of state’s eight Catholic dioceses under investigation

| 9/19/16 | Steve Esack | Allentown Morning Call | Pittsburgh grand jury looking at child sex abuse allegation from churches across state HARRISBURG — Four more Catholic dioceses — Erie, Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton — have been swept into a grand jury investigation of clergy sex abuse and cover-up allegations in communities stretching from the Delaware River to the Monongahela. […]