The Hidden Predator Act of 2018 would extend the age for lawsuits to 38. It would also extend the discovery period from two to eight years, and open a one-year window for an individual of any age to sue both alleged perpetrators and — this is new — entities.
For the second time in two weeks, a judiciary subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, took no action on the bill.
Committee member Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth,raised concerns about due process and what he characterized as “loose” language regarding the liability of entities.
Spencer, for his part, said that business interests, youth organizations and religious organizations seem to be quietly lobbying to delay the bill. The hearing was full of lobbyist badges, but the only person to speak out against the bill on record was a tort reform lawyer from Washington D.C.
“They can’t come to the microphone and tell us why you should not be held accountable if your organization knowingly covered up child sex abuse,” Spencer said.
Barbara Hartman, president of Chattahoochee Republican Women, attended both hearings and was frustrated at what she felt was a stalling tactic.
“This is ridiculous that they keep wasting our time like this,” she said after Wednesday’s hearing. She’s spoken to women’s groups about the legislation, and said everyone she’s spoken to about it thinks it should be law.
“Why do they keep tabling it and tabling it and tabling it?”