SB 696 Removes the statute of limitations on civil actions and prosecutions involving offenses against children
Sponsor: Sifton
LR Number: 4686S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 2/16/2016 - Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2016

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SB 696 - Under current law, there is a 10-year statute of limitations on an action for damages for personal injury caused by incest. This act provides that such actions may be commenced at any time.

Current law also provides that an action to recover damages from injury caused by childhood sexual abuse may be commenced within 10 years of the plaintiff turning 21 or within 3 years of the date the plaintiff discovers the injury. This act provides that such actions may be commenced at any time.

Under current law, certain acts of child abuse may not be prosecuted after three years have elapsed. This act provides that there is no statute of limitations for child abuse prosecutions.

In addition, current law provides that prosecutions for certain unlawful sexual offenses involving a person 18 years of age or younger must be commenced within 30 years of the victim turning 18. This act provides that such prosecutions may be commenced at any time.

This act is identical to SB 467 (2015) and is similar to HB 1525 (2016) and HB 167 (2015).

MEGHAN LUECKE