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PA Senate GOP Leader Cautions Against Retroactive Abuse Claims

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HARRISBURG (AP) – The top-ranking Republican in the PA Senate responded to a grand jury report on “predator priests” by saying he’s opposed to legislation to retroactively loosen time limits on child sexual abuse civil claims. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said it’s unconstitutional. He says he’d support amending the constitution, but cautions that will take time. Scarnati says the Roman Catholic church should set up a victim compensation fund. A grand jury report released this month alleged more than 300 priests abused at least a thousand children over the past seven decades. The report has prompted calls for Pennsylvania to allow people who were abused as children in the past to pursue civil claims that are barred under existing law.

SEN. JOE SCARNATI

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