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Lawmakers return, but not to debate over clergy abuse bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Lawmakers are returning to the Pennsylvania Capitol, but they haven’t revisited a response to child sexual abuse scandals since the debate’s collapse on last year’s final voting day.

The Legislature’s new two-year session begins in earnest Monday, with little mention of legislation reflecting the state attorney general’s grand jury report on child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati led the resistance to House legislation giving now-adult victims a two-year reprieve from time limits that bar them from suing perpetrators and institutions that may have covered it up.

He says he has no plans to restart legislation and is satisfied by how Pennsylvania’s dioceses have moved to set up victim compensation funds.

House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler says he’s been discussing new legislation.

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