Jun 13 07 9:36 PM

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Floor debate set for abuse victim bill

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

DOVER, Del. (AP) Legislation giving victims of child sex abuse greater access to the courts heads to the full House of Representatives next week.

Members of the House Appropriations Committee released the bill yesterday, setting up a floor debate scheduled for next Tuesday.

The bill is sponsored by state Senator Karen Peterson of Pike Creek. It does away with the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases, and it creates a two year ``look-back'' provision -- allowing past victims to bring suits in cases that have already expired under the current two-year limit.

The bill carries a 200-thousand dollar fiscal note. That's the amount needed for the state to get an 18 (m) million dollar insurance policy to cover suits against state employees.

Information from: Kanefsky/WDEL-AM, http://www.wdel.com/