The Nebraska Legislature has approved a bill that changes the statute of limitations for civil penalties for sexual assault of a child.
From the Associated Press, via the Grand Island Independent:
Lawmakers voted 46-0 Wednesday to approve a measure that removes a statute of limitations on civil lawsuits for childhood sexual assault.
Current law requires victims of childhood sexual assault to sue their abuser by their 33rd birthday, and the change would allow victims to sue at any age.
Victims still would have until their 33rd birthday to sue people or entities that enabled the assault, such as a school with an abusive employee.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, says the measure will help victims who need more time to come to terms with abuse.
The bill now heads to Gov. Pete Ricketts.Click here to read the final, amended, version of the bill.