Political Radar

On the hook

April 1st, 2014

The state House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday amended a bill that would allow victims of child sexual assault to file civil lawsuits against their abusers.

The committee agreed to extend a window to file suits when the statute of limitations has expired for two years. The window is scheduled to close on April 24.

But the committee also agreed to add the state and counties as potential defendants in the suits.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie had vetoed a similar bill in 2011 in part because the state and counties were included as possible defendants. The law that eventually passed in 2012 only included private organizations, such as churches.

Rep. Karl Rhoads, the committee chairman, said the bill -- if it passes the House -- would likely face a lot of work in House and Senate conference committee.

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