Expansion of statute of limitations fails in N.Y.

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The New York Senate failed to vote on a bill that would have expanded the statute of limitations for reporting child sexual abuse.

The Child Victims Act would have eliminated the criminal statute of limitations for several types of sex crimes against children and allowed victims a one-year window during which they could pursue civil suits against perpetrators.

State senators voted 30-29 on May 23 to prevent the bill from coming to a vote.

Lobbyists for the Roman Catholic Church strongly opposed the bill. According to the New York Daily News, the Catholic Conference, which is headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, spent $2.1 million from 2007 to 2015 lobbying against reforms to child sex abuse laws in New York.

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