SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate has approved a bill that would open a one-year window for some victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue religious organizations and other private or nonprofit groups that employed their abusers.
The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/17XqQis) reports that the Senate passed the bill Friday by a vote of 21-8.
The Assembly had passed the measure on Wednesday. It now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Senate Bill 131 would lift the statute of limitations for a group of alleged victims who missed previous deadline for filing lawsuits because of time and age restrictions.
Under the proposed law, victims who were over the age of 26 in 2003 would be able to bring lawsuits next year against their alleged abusers and the entities that employed them.