State agency bungles ballot referendum for child sex victims

first_imgHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Victims of child sexual abuse might have to wait two years or more to pursue legal claims because of a major bureaucratic bungle that prompted angry denunciations across the political spectrum and the resignation of a top Pennsylvania state official. The Wolf administration disclosed Monday that a proposed state constitutional amendment allowing lawsuits over decadesold claims wasn’t advertised as required and so cannot appear on the ballot this spring. As a result, no statewide referendum to add it to the state constitution may be possible before 2023. The Department of State is calling it “simple human error” and Gov. Tom Wolf is apologizing.last_img