HARRISBURG, October 17, 2018 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. released the following statement on what transpired tonight on the legislation regarding the grand jury recommendations on child sex abuse:

Since first reading its report, I have been a supporter of the four recommendations of the Grand Jury on church sex abuse. The Pennsylvania House, the Attorney General, the Governor and victim advocates also supported these recommendations – but unfortunately, the bill containing these recommendations was not considered by the Senate and our legislative session ended tonight.

None of those recommendations will be enacted for the many victims of child sex abuse this year, and that is unconscionable.

I would urge the victims who are disappointed today to not lose hope yet. My Senate Democratic colleagues and I are going to keep fighting for you to get justice, and you have many advocates in the Capitol that won’t give up either.