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About 80 people gathered on the steps under the Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda Wed., Oct. 24 urging the State Senate to reconsider S.B. 261.
The controversial bill:
In August, the House of Representative voted overwhelmingly, 173-21, to pass the bill.
Last week, the State Senate could not bring the bill up for a floor vote. There was no agreement on the provisions of the bill.
An amendment sought by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, the lobbying entity representing the Catholic Church, and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania would have eliminated abuse survivors from taking legal action against a diocese.
Legal action against a diocese is different than legal action against a priest accused of sexual abuse. Most of the priests named in a recent Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report are dead and/or the deadline to bring legal action has expired. Against that background of facts, some advocates want S.B. 261 to include the ability of abusers to bring legal action against the diocese in which the accused priests worked.
Survivors and others involved in the public debate have urged the Senate to reconsider S.B. 261 before year’s end.
Media materials circulated before the event cite that: