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Senate Re-Approves Sex Abuse Bill

May 3, 2006 | AP

The Senate voted Wednesday to re-approve a bill that gives people one year to sue over old sexual abuse allegations.

They had to vote on the proposal again because the House refused to go along with changes made by the Senate last week.

Representatives of both chambers voted Tuesday to stick with that version of the bill with just a few small changes.

The real test will come when the House takes up the bill which could come as early as Wednesday.

The Colorado Catholic Conference said it may be unconstitutional to allow old cases to move forward and is opposing the bill.

The bill now said that if any part of it is overturned in court, the rest of the bill would remain in effect. The bill also removes the statute of limitations for filing sexual abuse lawsuits from now on.

People now only have until age 24 to sue. The proposal would give plaintiffs until the age of 53 to take action.

Victims said most people don't come to terms with abuse until their 40s and 50s.

People who have already missed their deadline for suing would be given one year to file a lawsuit if the abuse occurred during the past 35 years.

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