– When the Pennsylvania Capitol reopens to the public Monday after a COVID-19-related closure, Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) is encouraging in-person visits from survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Gregory said lawmakers need to hear from survivors as he seeks to get a referendum question on the May 18 Primary Election ballot That question would give voters the opportunity to open a two-year window for lawsuits filed by survivors whose statute of limitations had otherwise expired.
“My colleagues tell me they aren’t hearing from survivors and that maybe it’s not a big deal,” Gregory said. “I find that to be an open invitation that they want to hear from you.”
The Department of General Services requires visitors to enter through the Main Capitol, East Wing and North Office building entrances, which have metal detectors. Masks and social distancing are required within the building.
Gregory’s latest push comes after the Department of State failed to properly advertise the originally proposed amendment, leading to it being dropped from ballots.
“None of us asked to be put in this situation that resulted from the then-secretary of State’s ineptitude, but I have a duty to seek justice however I can. This is one last chance,” Gregory said.
Representative Jim Gregory
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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