New statute of limitations bill proposed after Grand Jury report

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An almost a 900-page report into sexual abuse and cover ups at the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania was released Tuesday. Now lawmakers are pushing for change moving forward.

The Grand Jury made the recommendation to get rid of the criminal statute of limitations for those crimes.

Right now in Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for sex crimes against a child expires when the victim turns 50.

State Senate President Pro tempore, Joe Scarnati, has introduced Senate Bill 261 to eliminate that statute.

House Majority Leader, Dave Reed, praised the bill, saying “We expect to schedule Senate Bill 261 for a vote in the fall.”

But there is some major differences that need to be overcome before the bill can move forward.

“I didn’t support it last session, I won’t support it this session. It’s a very weak bill,” said Berks County Rep. Mark Rozzi.

Since the release, Attorney General Josh Shapiro says there have been at least another 150 cases reported.

CNN reached out to the Pope for comment but a Vatican spokesperson says there is nothing at this time.

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