Senate GOP sidesteps vote on Child Victims Act
By Kenneth Lovett
ALBANY – In a setback for victims, the Senate Republicans circumvented a committee vote on a bill that would make it easier for survivors of child sex abuse to seek justice as adults.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, rather than publicly act on the Child Victims Act when lawmakers return to Albany on Monday after a two-week break, instead discharged the legislation to the Rules Committee, which is controlled by GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan and where it is impossible for legislators to use procedural rules to try and force a vote.
“It’s a gutless move,” said Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat and sponsor of the Child Victims Act. “By cowardly sending my legislation to another committee, the state Senate is worming its way out of having to take an up or down vote on the bill.”
“The Senate is desperate to avoid being forced to go on the record about with whom they stand — survivors or abusers.”
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