State Senate Republicans kill the Child Victims Act again as majority leader says bill won't get a vote this year
By Glenn Blain, Kenneth Lovett, June 20, 2017, NY Daily News
ALBANY — State Senate Republicans once again turned their backs on child sex abuse victims.
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan responded “yes” when asked Tuesday afternoon if the Child Victims Act is done for the year.
“It's under discussion, but the Senate is not going to be taking that bill up,” Flanagan told reporters.
Flanagan killed the bill’s chances a day after the hopes of survivors for a vote before the legislative session’s scheduled end on Wednesday were raised by Sen. James Tedisco, of Schenectady, who became the first Senate Republican to come out in favor of the Child Victims Act.
Survivors of abuse, who hoped after more than a decade of fighting that . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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