The leadership of the New York State Republican Senate does not really fear the things they say they fear. They are merely repeating the talking points given to them by the groups that are lobbying hard against the Child Victims Act (“CVA”).
The only thing the Republican Senators fear is the Roman Catholic Bishops, and the insurance companies that put up millions of dollars to block the part of the legislation called the “look-back window”. Every time the Senate leadership repeats the reasons they cannot support the CVA they are not being truthful. Maybe they believed themselves 12 years ago when the effort to gain justice for survivors began in New York, but not any longer. There is more than enough empirical evidence and data, compiled from the many states that have passed similar legislation, to disprove these tired talking points and eliminate the doubts and fears they claim to have.
The Assembly in New York has passed a version of the CVA 5 times so far. But the Republican leadership in the Senate continues to avoid confronting the evidence by never allowing this bill to come to the floor for a vote. Credible expert testimony at an open Senate Hearing on this subject would annihilate the arguments they cling to and voters would be able to see how each and every one of their representatives cast their vote on an issue supported by over 90% of New Yorkers….