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Last week, Pennsylvania state legislature voted to pass the proposed "Hidden Predator Act," a set of two bills (House Bill 962 and 963) that were recommended after the Grand Jury investigation of clergy sexual assaults throughout Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf has indicated that he will sign these bills into law.

House Bill 962 would allow childhood victims to file civil lawsuits until they reach age 55. That age is currently 30 under the statute of limitations. The bill would also remove the statute of limitations altogether for criminal cases. Young adult victims would have until the age of 30 to file civil claims and 20 years to file criminal prosecutions.

House Bill 963 would provide a two-year window to submit claims in civil court if the statute of limitations has already expired for that victim. The change would require a constitutional amendment. For that to happen, the bill would need to be approved again in the next legislative session and then go before voters as a ballot question, which could happen as early as Spring 2021.