According to NPR affiliate WGCU, Florida Senator Lauren Book is trying to create a “look back window” where victims of sexual battery can bring a civil lawsuit, where previously barred by statute of limitations. This window would allow victims to file civil suits against their alleged offenders and would likely open up a flurry of lawsuits. That would be on the civil side, but changes are in the works for criminal prosecution as well.
Senate Bill 170 and its House counterpart HB 199 would eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual battery against a minor. Otherwise, a prosecution for a felony of the first degree must be commenced within 4 years after it is committed and a prosecution for any other felony must be commenced within 3 years after it is committed. Yesterday, HB 199 unanimously passed the Criminal Justice Subcommittee,
Senator Book plans to expand on eliminating the statute of limitations for other types of sex offenses, including performing lewd acts in front of minors and indecent exposure.