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NYS Statute of Limitations compromise bill S.6857

Multiple competing bills have been introduced in the upper and lower state legislative houses regarding efforts by the New York State Legislature to alter or remove the civil statute of limitation with respect to childhood sexual abuse.  Some of the main differences between them being whether a given bill provides for a civil litigation “lookback” window or not, and whether public entities are to be treated on the same footing as private enterprises.


June 5, 2017, State Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) introduced a compromise bill which would create a five-member Child Victims Commission appointed by the State’s chief judge.  For a period of one year, the Commission would hear, evaluate, and make binding recommendations as to time-barred civil claims brought to its attention. If the Commission finds a claim meritorious, that claimant would have a further year in which to file suit.

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