Today, the State Senate will vote on S-477, which would extend the statute of limitations in civil actions for sexual abuse claims, expand categories of potential defendants, and create a two-year window for parties to bring actions previously time-barred.
The League is supportive of any measure that would allow survivors of sexual assault the ability to seek justice against the individual perpetrator as well as those who knowingly and willfully enabled them. However, we have concerns with language in the bill that would completely eliminate the application of Title 59 (Tort Claims Act) in such cases against municipal governments. The wholesale exemption to all of Title 59 in these matters would create a host of unintended consequences outside of the scope of S-477’s purpose.
We are urging the Senate to delay voting on S-477 until these concerns can be fully addressed. We are asking our members to reach out to their legislators asking them to take a closer look at the potential impact the total removal of Title 59 in these cases would have on municipal governments and property taxpayers.
- Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481, ext. 121.
- Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, ext. 137.