Earlier this week the Assembly Judiciary Committee reported A-5392 out of committee, readying the bill for second reading in the Assembly. The intent of A-5392 is to establish liability standards for public entities, identical to the standards applied to non-profit organizations, in cases regarding sexual abuse.
A-5392 comes in response to concerns raised by the League and echoed by the Governor over a bill signed into law last week dealing with the extension of the statute of limitations, and expansion of categories of defendants in civil actions based on sexual abuse.
Without the intended corrective action of A-5392 public entities would be held to a different liability standard than non-profit organizations.
We are currently working with the sponsors to review S-3739/A-5392 in order to ensure the intent of the bill is properly effectuated. We would like to thank Senators Vitale and Scutari, and Assemblywoman Quijano, the sponsors of this legislation, and the Governor’s office for listening to the League’s concerns. We also commend these legislators for the efforts in this important matter.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481 x137.