Queens Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Queens) is revising a proposed bill that extends the statue of limitations for lawsuits and allows victims of sexual abuse sue public entities, as well as private ones. The NY Times reports, "The change would give people who say they were abused in public schools, for example, the same opportunities to sue as those claiming abuse in religious or private schools." The legislation has raised the ire of the Brooklyn Diocese, whose bishop allegedly threatened to shut down schools and churches in state lawmakers' districts if they supported the bill. The United Federation of Teachers told the Times that since it "supports any reasonable measures that seek to protect children, so we are not opposed to this modification," but the New York State Council of School Superintendents said, "We would have a concern about litigation arising that would be hard to respond to because witnesses could have disappeared or even died in years past."
Bill Will Let Sex Abuse Victims Sue Public Institutions, Too
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